The first match of the Test series between India and Australia, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, will be played in Nagpur from 9 February. Before this Test, Cricket Australia tried to make fun of Team India by sharing a video on its Twitter handle, but the former Indian opener and commentator, Aakash Chopra reacted to the tweet and trolled back them.
The video shared by Cricket Australia is of the first Test in Adelaide in 2020. In that match, the Indian team got all out for just 36 runs in the second innings. India lost this test by 8 wickets. But, after this, Team India made a tremendous comeback and by winning 2 out of the next 3 tests, the series was named after them. Akash talked about the scoreline.
Here is the post:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 6, 2023
I wish I had got that through my head: Shane Watson
Meanwhile, former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson advised visitors to use a straight bat to be able to hit off the back foot to not only survive but also thrive against India. India’s skipper Rohit Sharma, along with Virat Kohli will lead India’s attack with the bat. R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel too would be itching to get their arms rolling in home conditions.
“Using a straight bat to be able to hit off the back foot through the off side or the leg side. I wish I had got that through my head and then developed that instinct earlier because it’s much lower risk. All the good players, especially from India, very rarely do they use cross-bat shots, especially for a pull shot. They’ll hit it with a straight bat to be able to hit it through the leg side,” Shane Watson told ESPNcricinfo.
“One thing I didn’t really do [in India] was just accept what I had at that moment in time, instead of trying to be someone else. I was thinking, ‘Should I use my feet this time to get out and cover the ball from spinning or should I sit deep in the crease’, instead of going, ‘Well this is what I’ve got right now, and this is the best way for me to try and have success,” he added.