Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir feels that the Australian team currently has a weaker batting line-up compared to the likes of England, India, and New Zealand. Gambhir’s comments came after Australia’s disappointing show with the bat against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Test series.
While the Indian bowlers have bowled brilliantly and have executed their plans to inch perfection, however, the Australian batting has been poor as well succumbing to the traps laid by the Indians.
Even after recognizing India’s leg-side field trap, the Aussie batters have fallen into it; they – Travis Head in particular – have tried to poke at deliveries that should be left alone.
Some of them just failed to comprehend the bowling plans of the Indians: Mohammed Siraj swung one back into Cameron Green after bowling a few outswingers; Ashwin has beaten Steve Smith on both the edges after bowling the typical off-spinners; Marnus Labuschagne hit one straight to the leg gully, and Jasprit Bumrah has foxed the batters in all ways.
Speaking to the news agency, ANI, Gautam Gambhir said, “If you look at the top four batting line-up of the world, I think it’s the weakest batting line-up. England is better than Australia, New Zealand is better than Australia and India is much better than Australia.”
I haven’t seen this kind of Australian batting line-up in my life: Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir, who is always bold in his criticisms whether it is the Indian team or any other, says that this is the weakest Australian batting he has ever seen. The hosts were bundled out for 191, 195, and 200 in 3 of the 4 completed innings this series.
The former Kolkata Knight Riders captain pointed out that Australia registered the above mentioned scored when India missed Ishant Sharma for both the matches, Mohammed Shami for the second Test, and Umesh Yadav for the second innings in Melbourne.
The 2011 World Cup winner believes that it is a golden chance for India to win another Test series in Australia – this time in the presence of Steve Smith and David Warner – and the hosts are under huge pressure after the loss in the second Test.
“I haven’t seen this kind of Australian batting line-up in my life. So, vulnerability is there. They haven’t played India’s main attack. If Shami, Ishant, and Umesh Yadav were fit then there would have been no reply from the Australians. So, there is a big possibility and chance that we can win this series,” Gautam Gambhir added.
“It’s a big opportunity and chance for the Indian team to beat Australia in Australia again because I don’t think this kind of vulnerability was ever seen in the hosts’ batting line-up. They are under pressure,” the cricketer-turned-politician added.