Veteran India opener Gautam Gambhir has shared that Australia can still return in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he walked down memory lane recalling India’s historic victory over Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001. Legendary Indian batters VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) shared a 376 runs stand for the fifth wicket to set up a sensational victory as well.
However, Rohit Sharma and Co. registered dominant victories in the first two matches to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a stunning 2-0 lead in the four-game series. Two more games are still to be played in the series, which will take place in Indore and Ahmedabad respectively.
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“If one of them scores a double century, you would remember Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman did that when India were down and out, one player scored a 280 (281) and another scored a 150 (180) after a follow-on and India won the series. Such things have happened. So you can’t count them out but technically, there are a lot of issues,” Gautam Gambhir was quoted as saying by Star Sports.
“I cannot predict if it will be 4-0 because this dressing room still has individuals — Steve Smith, Labuschagne, Usman Khawaja — the batting will be extremely dependent on these three players if David Warner doesn’t play. I believe you cannot teach defense to these batters now. If you try to improve your technique in the middle of the series, you won’t even score the 260 and 120 you scored. Only individual performances can help Australia stage a comeback and not a collective performance,” he further added.
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“There are a lot of players in that dressing room who will have so many self-doubts that it will be extremely difficult to recover from that. Imagine if Usman Khawaja scores a double hundred or Steve Smith individually scores a century or 150, then Australia can achieve those scores but technically, I don’t see them coming back,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.