Former Australian legend, Ian Chappell has emphasised on the challenges for India in the upcoming Test series against Australia. Cricket Australia announced the schedule of Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India that starts in December. There will be a major challenge thrown towards India to retain the trophy after beating Australia Down Under in 2018/19.
Recently, Australia dethroned India as the number one team in the ICC Test Rankings, and Team India might want to get their hands back on the spot after having outperformed almost every team they have come across in the last 2-3 years in the longest format of the game.
Ian Chappell has now weighed on India’s squad selection for the coming Australian tour and named one player that will be a major boon to the Men in Blue.
Ian Chappell Opens Up On India’s Squad For Australian Test Series
Chappell also feels Indian selectors will have to make tough calls while zeroing in on spinners with the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja and Yadav to choose from.
“Choosing a spinner will prove a major headache for the Indian selectors. R Ashwin has a great overall record, but not so much in Australia,” Ian Chappell said.
“Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round talents and improved bowling form make him a legitimate challenger, while Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist-spin is the biggest wicket-taking threat on Australian pitches. The decision will call for brave selections,” Ian Chappell reckoned.
Ian Chappell Reveals India’s Key Figure Against The Aussies
Chappell also feels India should pick Hardik Pandya in the Test side when they make the trip Down Under later this year as the temperamental all-rounder would be crucial to handle the challenge posed by a strong home batting line-up.
“It will help if Hardik Pandya is available. He gives India an extra bowling option to maintain the pressure when the leading fast bowlers need a rest,” Chappell wrote his column for ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
Pandya hasn’t featured in Tests since 2018 and has only recently recovered from a career-threatening back injury. India and Australia are set to clash in a full series, including four Tests, beginning October and lasting till January 2021.