Ind vs Aus 2nd Test:Former India skipper turned cricket pundit Sunil Gavaskar has opined that India should start the Boxing Day Melbourne Test on a positive note with a couple of changes in the playing XI otherwise they might lose the Test series 4-0 to Australia.
India will be without Virat Kohli’s leadership for the remaining Tests in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as the skipper returns home for the birth of his first child, but they will also missing the services of Mohammed Shami in the bowling department.
“India should start the Melbourne Test well, it’s necessary for them to step onto the ground with a lot of positivity. Australia’s weakpoint is their batting,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Tak on Saturday.
“Had we held on to our catches well and had good field placements, there might not have been any problem, Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschagne would have gotten out early. We could have got a lead of 120 runs. Australia got ahead in the Tests because of those dropped catches, they got the lead down to 50 runs,” Gavaskar added.
“India have to believe that they can come back in the remainder of the Test series. If India don’t find the positivity, then there 4-0 series loss can happen. But if they have positivity, why not? It can happen (comeback). It’s natural that there is anger after such a performance. But in cricket, anything can happen. Look at how the scene was yesterday, and what has happened today.
Talking about the team combination of the Indian Test team in the absence of Virat Kohli, Sunil Gavaskar said that he would want KL Rahul to open and Shubman Gill to bat in at No.5 or No.6.
“India will look at making 2 changes. Firstly, maybe Kl Rahul should replace Prithvi Shaw as opener. At No. 5 or No. 6, Shubman Gill should come in. His form has been good. Things can change if we start well,” Gavaskar further said.