Legendary Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has claimed that Indian cricket team needs to change their mindset to achieve success in the overseas tours.
Indian cricket team is currently touring in England where they won the three-match T20I series (1-2) but lost the next back-to-back three-match ODI (2-1) and five-match Test series (3-1 till the fourth Test).
Since 2010, India has not won any Test series in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries. While Gilchrist believes India has a strong bowling unit and some quality batting unit, he feels India need to change their mindset to achieve success in the overseas tours.
Gilchrist said, “It is challenging playing overseas. I do believe India have a strong bowling unit and some quality batsmen, including the best batsmen in the world, Virat Kohli. They have the potential to win overseas, perhaps it is just mind more than the body.”
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Gilchrist admires about Virat Kohli’s captaincy as he sees some good positive things in his captaincy and leadership qualities.
The former Aussie wicketkeeper said about the Indian captain, “What I admire about Virat’s captaincy is his tenacity and the way he drags his team with him just by being positive. Tactically, I cannot comment because I have not watched enough content, except the highlights. Virat is that guy who is passionate about leading his team and the nation forward. I see positive things about his captaincy and leadership.”
When Gilchrist was asked about Kohli’s tough relationship with the Aussie crowd, he feels the Indian captain has matured to a great deal since the last tour.
Gilchrist quoted, “The Aussie crowd always want to go under the skin of opposition players. Virat has matured to a great deal since that last tour.”
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Gilchrist feels Australians shouldn’t try to upset Kohli as he is one of the best cricketers in the world who loves challenges.
The 46-year-old said, “He (Kohli) looks to me a guy who likes challenges when the chips are down. Perhaps, we don’t want to upset him because he is the best player in the world.”
While the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England is less than nine months to go, Gilchrist feels the hosts England is one of the strongest team while Australia and India have good chances and Pakistan will play as the dark horse.
Gilchrist said, “England has one of the strongest white ball team. They will be playing in home conditions. Australia too also have good chance, and India has won a tournament there before. And, Pakistan are always the dark horse. they can spring a surprise or two.”