Ian Chappell puzzled by India’s tactics against Usman Khawaja


On Day 1 of the 4th Test match between Australia and India, former Australian captain Ian Chappell was impressed with Usman Khawaja’s brilliant knock. The star opener smashed his 14th Test century to put Steve Smith and Co. ahead of Rohit Sharma’s Indian team. Khawaja broke his century drought against India on Thursday, putting on a dominant performance during the opening day of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy decider at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Ian Chappell has expressed his admiration for Usman Khawaja’s performance in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy decider. He praised Khawaja’s composure and questioned the tactics of the Indian bowlers against him. Chappell criticized the Indian bowlers for their approach of bowling around the wicket to Khawaja, who has been in great form during the 2023 series.


“One thing I can’t understand is India’s desire to come around the wicket the whole time to a left-hander. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. You speak to all the good left-handers that I’ve spoken to, and they say that right-arm over the wicket is the toughest guy to face. It’s okay every now and again for a bit of a change around the wicket,”

Chappell said.

“Maybe around the wicket works more in England. But in India, ridiculous, particularly to a player like Usman Khawaja, whose great strength is his onside, and we saw that today. Why would you angle the ball into his pads when that’s exactly what he wants? Khawaja looked at ease the whole time. India haven’t come up with a solution to Khawaja’s batting, and it’s really starting to hurt them,”

Chappell further added.

Khwaja ended up scoring his first ton in India. He scored 180 runs and put India on backfoot. Australia got bundled up for 480.

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