Former batsman Aakash Chopra has questioned Australia’s mindset after their performance in the first two T20Is against Team India in the ongoing five-match series. Australia are on the verge of losing the series after losing the first two games.
In the first T20I in Vizag, the team from Down Under scored 208/3 in the allotted 20 overs thanks to a whirlwind century from Josh Inglis. They, however, failed to defend the big total. In the second T20I in Thiruvananthapuram, Team India piled up a mammoth total of 235/4 before Australia finished their innings on 191/9.
With a 2-0 lead and momentum on their side, Team India will be looking to seal the series when they lock horns against Australia in the third match on Tuesday (November 28) at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Australia, on the other hand, will be desperately looking to win the do-or-die game to keep the five-match series alive.
Aakash Chopra questions Australia’s mindset:
With Australia failing to challenge Team India in the first two games, Aakash Chopra has questioned whether the visitors came into the series with a winning mindset. Previewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, the former cricketer-turned-commentator opined that Australia are mentally drained after the World Cup triumph earlier this month.
“The Australian team needs to buck up but the big question is – Do they actually want to win? Are they here to win? ‘What else you here for’ – it reminds me of Kapil paaji (Dev). It is being heard that some reinforcements are being sent for Australia. They are slightly emotionally drained after winning the World Cup,” said Aakash Chopra.
Speaking further, Aakash Chopra advised Matthew Short to keep his ego aside while dealing with Ravi Bishnoi. The Australia opener was bowled by the leg-spinner in both games of the series so far. On both occasions, the right-handed batsman failed to pick up the googly from Bishnoi.
“I will want to give a suggestion to Matthew Short. Keep your ego aside because Ravi Bishnoi will come and bowl you a googly – you, Ravi Bishnoi, I, our commentary team, the Australian team, the Indian team, and the 25000 spectators in Guwahati know that – so play a little cautiously,” he said.