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Australia scorns India’s test strategy in Ahmedabad, calling it “distracting”


Usman Khawaja punished the hosts with a century on the first day of the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia, giving the Indian cricket team not the best of starts. No one can disagree that the surface didn’t offer much assistance to bowlers, but Australia great Ian Chappell questioned the hosts’ strategy of coming around the wicket to bat against left-handers, admitting that he didn’t comprehend the choice.

“One thing that puzzles me is India’s persistent willingness to approach a left-hander from around the wicket. Simply put, it makes no sense to me. All the good left-handers I’ve talked to agree that the right-arm over the wicket is the hardest opponent to face. Every so often, a little modification around the wicket is OK “According to Chappell, ESPNcricinfo.

When facing Indian bowlers, whether pacers or spinners, Khawaja, a left-hander, didn’t appear to be particularly bothered as he scored his 14th Test century. Chappell believes that while the “around the wicket strategy” is effective in England, it is absurd on Indian wickets.

“Maybe in England, around the wicket is more effective. Nevertheless, this is absurd in India, especially for a guy like Usman Khawaja, whose best attribute is his onside, as we saw today. When it is exactly what he wants, why would you slant the ball into his pads? All the while, Khawaja gave off a relaxed vibe. Khawaja’s batting hasn’t been addressed by India, and it’s starting to affect them “Chappell threw in.

Australia is down 1-2 in the four-match series, and Khawaja has set the stage for the visitors to mount a comeback and try to tie the series in the Test against India in Ahmedabad.

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