While the majority in the cricket fraternity believes that India will not be able to make a comeback in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Series after the drubbing they received in the first Test, former Australia head coach Darren Lehmann thinks otherwise. The former Australia batsman believes India have some quality players in their ranks to still effect a turnaround.
The confidence must be very low in the Indian camp after the heavy defeat they suffered in Adelaide. Australia thrashed them by eight wickets in just over two days to take the lead in the four-match series. In the second innings, the hosts bowled out the visitors for just 36, their lowest total in Tests. Australia then went on to chase down the 90-run target with ease to take the lead in the series.
Darren Lehmann explains how India can stage a comeback:
Several former players have opined that India would find it extremely tough to stage a comeback especially without their skipper Virat Kohli who has returned home to attend the birth of his child. However, Darren Lehmann feels India still have the firepower to stage a comeback in the series. The 50-year-old former Australia batsman opined that India have a potent bowling attack and if their batsmen cope with the bounce well, then the tourists could stage a comeback in the series.
“It will be hard now for them, but they’ve actually got some quality players if they can get on a roll,” Darren Lehmann told ‘SA Sportsday’.
“They can certainly cause some trouble with the ball, it’s just whether the batsmen can cope with the bounce. The MCG pitch will suit them a bit better because it’s a bit flatter. So we’ll see if their batsmen can bounce back and make some runs, especially in the first innings. That’s going to be the key for them,” he added.
The second match of the Test series is scheduled to be played from December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.