Team India Should Not Get Too Complacent After Thumping Australia In Melbourne: Bishan Singh Bedi

Team India Should Not Get Too Complacent After Thumping Australia In Melbourne: Bishan Singh Bedi

India, Michael Vaughan, Rohit Sharma
India. (Credits: Twitter)

Former India spinner, Bishan Singh Bedi advises the Indian team to not get complacent after their historic triumph over Australia in Melbourne. India won the Boxing Day Test by 8 wickets to level the series with two matches to go.

Bedi took to Twitter to air his comments. He mentions that while the loss in Adelaide was humiliating – India succumbed to their lowest ever Test total in the first match – the victory in Melbourne is memorable but the team should forget both soon and move on because half of the series is still left. Bedi reckons that the team should stay calm and composed like their skipper, Ajinkya Rahane.

Sunil Gavaskar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Shane Warne, Virat Kohli
Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja [Photo-Twitter]

“36 all out was terribly ‘freakish’ but an 8wkt win is not…I hope Indians can forget both… One as a nightmare & the other as nothing to float on cloud nine. Still 2 more Tests to go..& plenty of work to do..stay calm Fellas as your Capt @ajinkyarahane88 & ‘think’ how to outwit OZ,” Bishan Singh Bedi tweeted.

Australia batting is average: Bishan Singh Bedi

The 74-year-old takes a dig at the critics of the Indian team who predicted that Australia will whitewash the visitors after the first Test. The former spinner credited Ajinkya Rahane for keeping the team calm and not allowing panic to seep in despite a few scars; India lost Umesh Yadav to an injury that he suffered in Australia’s second innings; they also lost early wickets while batting in both innings, but stand-in captain, Ajinkya Rahane bailed the team out on both occasions.

Bishan Singh Bedi, England Cricket Team
Bishan Singh Bedi (Credits: Twitter)

Bedi opines that Australia has a pretty mediocre batting line-up – Australia has been bowled out for 191, 195, and 200 by Indian bowlers – and hence Bedi feels that India can clinch the series. Tim Paine’s side will be bolstered by the return of David Warner ahead of the third Test in Sydney, however, the form of their talisman batsman, Steve Smith, who is yet to cross the single-digit mark, remains a concern.

 “Indians make it 1-All to silence the 4-0 OZ cry… Nice to remain calm as @ajinkyarahane88 & deliver. There were a couple of hiccups on way to 8 wkts triumph… But all’s well that ends well… This OZ batting is pretty average – read mediocre – so Indians can win the series,” Bedi wrote.

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