The Australian media has always served as the 12th man for its national cricket team. The last time India had played a Test series against Australia, the media from Down Under had given the hosts especially skipper Virat Kohli a hard time. From comparing Kohli to Donald Trump to giving him names, the media did everything it could do to unsettle India. But in the end it did not make much of a difference as India went on to win the series 2-1.
And it has once again made its presence felt by targeting Team India in their ongoing Test series against Australia. So far, the media has not wasted a single chance to target the Indian players and unsettle the visitors. Their plans seemed to have worked so far. Virat Kohli & Co. were involved in several altercations during the second Test. The game ended on a disappointing note for India as Australia won it by 146 runs and level the four-match series.
The Australia media is likely to continue with its antics in the upcoming games. However, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has warned them, asking the Australian media as well as other media to watch out for India. The legendary batsman said that India can still win both the Tests, tweeting:
“Lots of talk going around in media specially Australian .. watch out for india against this australia ..still two tests to go and india can win both.. don’t go too far ahead everyone “
Lots of talk going around in media specially Australian .. watch out for india against this australia ..still two tests to go and india can win both.. don’t go too far ahead everyone @bcci
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 19, 2018
India, meanwhile, have lost Prithvi Shaw for the series after the opener failed to recover from the ankle injury. Uncapped Mayank Agarwal has replaced the youngster in the team. India have also recalled allrounder Hardik Pandya for the two Tests after the Baroda star made an impressive return to the game in the Ranji Trophy.
The third Test gets underway on December 26 in Sydney.