Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

Deep Dasgupta, the former India opener and wicketkeeper-batsman, diminished Australia’s chances of progressing into the final four of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The Aussies have a tough group ahead of them in the 2021 T20I World Cup, with West Indies and England primed to claim places in the semi-finals.

The Men In Yellow last made it into the semi-finals of the 2012 edition of the World Cup, where they lost to eventual champions West Indies.

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta: Pacers Mitchell Starc And Pat Cummins Are Playing After A Long Time, And They Look Undercooked But Top Order Form Is A Matter Of Concern

Deep Dasgupta outlined potential concerns for the Australian team ahead of the Super 12s stages of the tournament. Deep Dasgupta feels certain Australian cricketers are undercooked. Deep Dasgupta feels despite spinner Adam Zampa’s T20I rankings, pacer Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are playing after a long time and are underprepared.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Deep Dasgupta said: “The team is good enough, especially if you look at the bowling. Adam Zampa is among the top when it comes to the T20 rankings and you also have Mitchell Starc. However, some of the players are undercooked. Starc and Cummins are playing after a long time and they look undercooked.”

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

“In pitches like these, Smith staying out in the middle is very important and so would Maxwell’s form. The real concern comes in the form of the top order, it is a huge concern,” said Deep Dasgupta.

Australia will kick off its campaign against South Africa on September 23 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, India fine-tuned its T20 World Cup preparations with a convincing nine-wicket win over Australia in its final warm-up game at ICC cricket Academy Stadium.

India had Australia on the mat at 11 for three after Aaron Finch opted to bat first. After a failed attempt at a reverse sweep, David Warner’s barren run had him trapped in front of Ravichandran Ashwin. With his very next ball, Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of birthday boy Mitchell Marsh who played for the turn, which wasn’t there only to edge it to the first slip.

Steve Smith (57 off 48) and in-form Glenn Maxwell (37 off 28) tried to break the shackles with a 61-run partnership. However, after Glenn Maxwell fell to a conventional sweep, Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis (41 not out off 25 balls) got together and provided a much-needed final flourish to the innings.

Rohit Sharma (60 retired off 41) showed sublime touch alongside opening partner KL Rahul (39 off 31) as India chased down Australia’s 152 for five in 17.5 overs. Suryakumar Yadav (38 not out off 27) came at number three in Virat Kohli’s absence and got valuable time in the middle, which should boost his confidence going ahead. Finally, Hardik Pandya (14 not out off 8) came at four to finish the game, and he did it with a clean hit over the bowler’s head.

Australia Have Had A Rough Time In T20 Cricket Of Late: Brad Hogg

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg also admitted to Australia’s woes when it comes to the shortest format in the game. Australia is coming into the tournament in the UAE on the back of a string of T20 series losses. They have succumbed to the West Indies and Bangladesh away from home recently. With subcontinent pitches on offer in the Middle East, the team will have to put together tight performances for potential qualification.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images.

Despite the poor string of results, Brad Hogg is not concerned about the form of the side, given that they played without the presence of several senior players in Bangladesh and the West Indies. Australia has lost 16 of their last 24 T20 internationals going back to the start of 2020.

Australia’s lost a bilateral series for the first time against Bangladesh, which wasn’t the ideal preparation they needed. Australia’s form has been particularly poor in the shortest format this year, with only two wins from 10 matches on tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh, losing both the 5 matches T20I series 4-1.

Brad Hogg added: “Australia have had a rough time in T20 cricket of late. They did not do well in Bangladesh and had their struggles in the West Indies. But that is not a huge concern for them because they were playing without the big players.”

Pioneers at the conventional 50-over World Cup, Australia have struggled to translate their success to the T20 World Cup. Their best finish came in the form of a finals appearance in the 2010 edition against arch-rivals England.