Former India opener, Kris Srikkanth feels that the Indian team can make a comeback in the series. Srikkanth opines that the Australian batting is not strong, and the Indian bowlers should make full use of the unavailability of David Warner.
The Aussie opener, David Warner was injured while fielding during the ODI series against India. He was ruled out of the following T20I series, and later from the Adelaide Test also. In the recent reports, the left-hander is ruled out from the Boxing Day Test as well.
Srikkanth believes that the Australian batting is vastly dependent on their two senior batters- David Warner and Steve Smith. Although Srikkanth acknowledges that the hosts have a strong bowling attack – as displayed in Adelaide – he backs the Indian bowlers to dominate the Australian batsmen.
”Let’s not forget, the Aussies’ batting is not great. My belief is the Aussies’ batting is 30 percent Warner, 30 percent Smith, all others put together is 30 percent. But their bowling is very good. The Australian batting is not very strong.” Srikkanth told The Age and the Herald.
View the collapse in Adelaide as a bad dream: Kris Srikkanth
The 61-year-old says that the mindset by the Indian batters in Adelaide was defensive and advises them to be more positive in Melbourne. Srikkanth understands that while the team will miss Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami for the rest of the series – the captain is on paternity leave and the pacer suffered a fractured arm in the first Test – they have to come out and fight the Aussies.
The 1983 World Cup winner suggests the team quickly forget the humiliating afternoon on the third day in Adelaide taking it just like a bad dream and move forward as the series is not yet lost with three matches remaining.
‘The mindset I think was too defensive. They have to regroup. They have to have a bit more positive intent. The best way is just to go for it. But when you miss King Kohli, it’s going to make it difficult, let’s be honest. And Shami [as well]. But I’m sure they’ll come out and fight. Everybody [in India] is disappointed, but then everyone has taken the view [to look at it] as a bad dream,” Kris Srikkanth added.