Mark Waugh predicts the winner of Border Gavaskar Trophy
Team India locked horns with Australia in Border Gavaskar Trophy series with the hope of channelising the aggression in the best way possible. However, as it turned out, the visitors were handed a defeat on Day 3 itself.
Australia beat India by 8 wickets to take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Tim Paine who scored an unbeaten 73 was named the man of the match. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins bowled really well in the second innings to restrict India to 36/9.
India posted their lowest ever total in Test cricket history. Hazlewood picked up a fifer and Cummins took 4 wickets. Kohli has left Australia after delivering an emotional pep talk to his players. He urged his players to stay calm and perform well in the coming games.
Mark Waugh predicts the winner
While Aussies already have an upper hand over the Indians, there are still three more games to decide the outcome of the match. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in Kohli’s absence in the last three Tests. Moreover, Rohit Sharma will turn up for the last 2 Tests.
The Boxing Day Test will be played on December 26 at MCG. Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh has predicted the winner of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. According to him, there is absolutely no chance for India to make a comeback in the ongoing series.
“No hope, no hope. (On whether India can bounce back in the Test series). I thought Adelaide was the Test that they could win on paper and with Virat Kohli here for just the one Test. I thought the conditions would suit them.”
“I just can’t see how they can bounce back (after) Australia whitewashed them on the third day. So ‘no’ is the answer – four-nil to Australia.” Mark Waugh said while speaking on Fox Cricket.
“Kohli has left Australia today morning. He had a word with the whole unit before leaving and the idea was to boost the confidence of the boys and keep them positive. He officially handed over the mantle of captaincy to Rahane and asked the team to keep showing intent and express themselves on the pitch.
With Rohit Sharma set to join the squad only after the second game, Rahane’s role becomes all the more important in guiding the youngsters,” the source said as quoted by NDTV.
Before taking the flight to Australia, limited-overs captain Rohit was given endurance program by his physio in the NCA. Digging a bit deep about the matter, BCCI official added that 33-year-old is doing regular training in his room.
“He is being monitored by the physios and he is doing his regular endurance work in his room. It is all about keeping fit and ready for action when it comes to hitting the ground running,” the official added.