“I don’t think they are very serious about this series” – Aakash Chopra on Australia’s performance in the ongoing series
By SMCS - Dec 3, 2023 8:10 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra reckons Australia’s approach suggests that they aren’t trying to win the ongoing T20I series against India as well. The Indian team registered a 20-run win in the fourth T20I in Raipur on Friday to clinch the series 3-1 before the final game in Bengaluru on Sunday as well. The hosts set the Aussies a 175-run target and then successfully restricted them to 154-7.

Australia annihilated India in the World Cup 2023 final

Reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “I am unable to understand the Australian team. They played Ben Dwarshuis here, didn’t play Nathan Ellis. They didn’t play Jason Behrendorff in between in one match. They sometimes get Matthew Short to bowl in the powerplay, or they don’t get him to bowl at all. Travis Head bowls otherwise but doesn’t bowl here. I don’t think they are very serious about this series. They are feeling that they just need to fill in the blanks, complete the job and go.”

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Meanwhile, Australia have made a lot of changes in the series. While David Warner opted out before the first game, all the other members of their World Cup-winning squad, apart from Travis Head were replaced after a few games as well.

Australia team

“We (India) are playing to win wholeheartedly. The only problem I see is that we still didn’t use a sixth bowler. We are not even trying. Travis Head was hitting at the start. You cannot sweep when Ravi Bishnoi bowls googlies, but no one listens, whether his name is Matthew Short or Josh Philippe,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “Everyone was trying to sweep Axar Patel as well. No one wants to play with a straight bat. Sometimes you also feel that if this is their second XI, is there such a huge gap between Australia’s first and second XI? I don’t have the answer, but they looked very ordinary.”