Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting feels the Indian National Cricket team will face more problems than Australia in the Boxing Day Test following their Perth defeat.
Meanwhile, the visitors went down by 146 runs to level the four-match Test series 1-1. Although India played well in patches but struggled to win sessions consistently. And now Ricky Ponting feels it would be tough for Virat Kohli & Co to bounce back. He also added that there are lots of uncertainty around the group and have very little time to regroup.
“I compared the two teams at the start of the series and I didn’t think India could win here just because of the frailties of their batting and I think that’s been highlighted this week,” Ponting said to cricket.com.au.
“They’ve had to call in another opener (Mayank Agarwal), they’ve brought in another allrounder [Hardik Pandya] as well to try and bolster that middle order. They’ve got as much on their plate as the Australian boys have, if not more now that they’ve lost this game. There is a lot of uncertainty around their group and they haven’t got long to turn things around,” he added.
Australia should build on their win
Ricky Ponting also advised the Aussies to build on their confidence after the series-leveling victory, their first since the ball-tampering scandal in March, earlier this year.
“Just not relax. They’ve set a bit of blueprint this week (of how to beat India) with the way they’ve played. They just have to build on that now. There’s no doubt with one win a bit of belief comes but they can’t just rock up in Melbourne and expect India are going to play like they did here,” he concluded.