In the wake of Australia’s massive defeat in Nagpur, former India coach Ravi Shastri has delivered a hard-hitting message. Ravi expects the Aussies to shed their timid behavior and come out all guns blazing.
He worries that the series outcome could be in favor of the Indians by a landslide if Australia does not step up their game. The World No. 1-ranked Test team lost by an inning and 132 runs, getting all out for 91 in the second innings, in one of their worst defeats of all time.
AUSSIES ARE LACKING RUTHLESSNESS: RAVI SHASTRI
“I want to start off with a strong piece of advice for the Australian team. Save the English manners for the Ashes. What you need are good old Australian manners here in India to bounce back from the defeat in Nagpur,”
Ravi Shashti wrote in his column in the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I want to see them come out and be their aggressive selves in Delhi. To back their ability and play with intent. I was surprised by the lack of it, especially in that second innings, where they were rolled for 91. If you lose, go down throwing punches. Not in the timid, almost un-Australian, fashion that they surrendered against the Indian spinners at the VCA Stadium. But the punch has to be thrown immediately, and they need to hit India hard from the very start in Delhi. If Australia don’t get at India right away, the possibility of a 3-0 or even a 4-0 series defeat looms large.”
“Australia will have to bring their A+ game if they have to beat India, or even if they are to threaten India. It’s not impossible, as we showed in Australia two years ago. To go from 36 all out in Adelaide to Boxing Day at the MCG, there’s nothing more intimidating than that. But we prevailed, and beat them soundly at the G. So, it’s not impossible,”
Ravi further highlighted.
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