“Are they here to win?” – Aakash Chopra on Australia’s performance ahead of 3rd IND vs AUS T20I
By SMCS - Nov 28, 2023 9:00 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has questioned whether Australia came here to win in the ongoing T20I series against India as well. However, Australia faced a 44-run loss in the second T20I in Thiruvananthapuram after facing a two-wicket defeat in the first game in Visakhapatnam. They need to win in the third T20I in Guwahati on Tuesday to keep the five-match series alive as well.

Australia annihilated India in the World Cup 2023 final

Previewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “The Australian team needs to buck up but the big question is – Do they actually want to win? Are they here to win? ‘What else you here for’ – it reminds me of Kapil paaji (Dev). It is being heard that some reinforcements are being sent for Australia. They are slightly emotionally drained after winning the World Cup.”

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He again said: “I will want to give a suggestion to Matthew Short. Keep your ego aside because Ravi Bishnoi will come and bowl you a googly – you, Ravi Bishnoi, I, our commentary team, the Australian team, the Indian team, and the 25000 spectators in Guwahati know that – so play a little cautiously.”

Jason Behrendorff

However, Aakash Chopra urged Australia to bring Jason Behrendorff back into their playing XI as well. He also said that there might be help while the ball is new, recalling that he claimed a four-wicket haul when he played a T20I against India in Guwahati in 2017 as well. Meanwhile, the veteran wants India to seal the series in Guwahati as well.

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“What is there for India here? Firstly it is a chance to win the series. Make it 3-0, destroy the opposing team. I feel the toss will be important here, as was the case in Thiruvananthapuram because there are chances of even more dew coming in Guwahati than was there in Thiruvananthapuram,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan, the top three, are doing an amazing job. I am thinking who will go out once Shreyas Iyer comes in. Tilak Varma’s health is in danger currently. But if Tilak Varma goes out, will Surykumar Yadav play at No. 5?”