Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has spoken words of encouragement for the Indian team as they aim to keep their hopes alive in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia. India could not have asked a start as worse as what transpired on the third day in Adelaide as they registered their lowest Test total. Gautam Gambhir has reminded India that they were ahead of Australia in two out of three days.
Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins took nine wickets between them on the third day as Australia triggered an unthinkable collapse. From being ahead by 62 runs at the end of the second day, India added only 36 runs more to their overnight score. Australia had to chase only 90 for victory, which they did with eight wickets to spare. The opening partnership of 70 between Joe Burns and Matthew Wade batted India out of the game.
Gautam Gambhir reminded India that there are still three Tests left and it is not a situation when they have to come back from 0-3. Gambhir feels that it is OK to lose the opening Test and while he acknowledged that getting all out in 36 was embarrassing, he pointed out that the tourists were ahead on the first two days. Virat Kohli’s men were also forward when the third day began.
“They will have to forget that because three Test matches are still left. And it is not that you are 3-0 down and you are looking to come back in the fourth Test, which is very difficult. It is okay you lost the first Test match and were all out for 36, which is an embarrassment and the players will be feeling about that. But you need to remember that you were ahead for two days in the Test match. You were ahead in the Test match when the third day had started as well,” Gambhir told in the Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
You have got the bowlers who can get Australia all out: Gautam Gambhir
The 39-year old further said that most teams that have travelled to Australia could not take 20 wickets in a Test; however, that is not the case with India. Not only they picked up 20 scalps in the match but also earned a lead of 50 runs. Thus, Gambhir observed that Australia would not make spicy pitches since they know that Indian bowlers could prove unplayable on those.
“You took a lead of 50 runs. You have got the bowlers who can get Australia all out. Probably a lot of the teams that went to Australia previously, they did not have the bowlers who could take 20 Australian wickets. But you have those type of bowlers, so Australia will also get rattled by that. So, Australia will not give too spicy wickets because they know Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Ashwin can take their twenty wickets,” he added.