New Delhi. In the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Australian team is seen completely on the backfoot at this time. Team India first defeated the Kangaroo team under the captaincy of Pat Cummins in Nagpur and then Delhi Test. In such a situation, Australia is in danger of defeat in the remaining two matches as well. There is a possibility that Rohit Sharma and Co. can also clean sweep Australia 4-0. Legendary Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson blamed captain Pat Cummins’ lack of understanding of spin pitches and inadequate advice from assistant coach Daniel Vettori for the team’s dismal performance in India.
India won the first two Tests of the Border Gavaskar Trophy within three days, in which the spin bowling duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja played the most important role. Australia lost the first Test in Nagpur by an innings and 132 runs while India won by six wickets in the second match in New Delhi.
Lawson, one of Australia’s most dangerous bowlers in Tests and ODIs in the 1980s, said Cummins had played so few matches of Sheffield Shield cricket that the captain did not have much experience in strategizing on a turning pitch. Lawson told ‘Sen Radio’, “Cummins has so little experience of captaincy on spin-taking pitches because your captain has played very few matches in the Sheffield Shield and he certainly does not play on spin-taking wickets.” So from where does he learn all the creative and adaptive things, he watches a lot of videos and takes decisions.
After retaining the Border Gavaskar Trophy, India will look to win the third Test starting March 1 in Indore to seal a place in the World Test Championship final.
Lawson said that the Australian bowlers had no strategy to break the partnership between India’s lower-order batsmen Axar Patel and Ashwin, due to which the hosts gained a psychological edge in the second Test.
Lawson also questioned former New Zealand spinner and current assistant coach Vettori in Australia for not giving any advice to the team’s spinners.
He said, “Daniel Vettori is one of the great left-arm bowlers in the world, he should have given advice on how you should bowl and how we should bat against this type of bowling. ,
He said, “But he could not do all this because when I saw the shots of the dressing room, I thought what advice Vettori gave here, he is a great player of slow bowling, so he should have given the most advice.” ‘
(with PTI inputs)
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 22, 2023, 22:00 IST