Former Australia captain Mark Taylor reckons India’s best chance to bounce again from the Adelaide humiliation is to bat first and rating loads of runs in the Boxing Day Test beginning on Saturday.
India have been bundled out for his or her lowest-ever Test rating of 36 of their second innings as Australia claimed an eight-wicket win in the pink-ball Test to take a 1-Zero lead in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
“India’s best chance is to put runs on the board. They’ve still got some very fine players. Obviously (Virat) Kohli leaves a big hole in terms of batting and leadership, but they’ve still got (Cheteshwar) Pujara and (Ajinkya) Rahane,” Taylor informed ‘Wide World of Sports’.
Taylor opined India’s potent bowling assault is able to scalping 10 wickets if their batsmen put sufficient runs on the board.
“If they put runs on the board, they’ve got the bowling attack to take 10 wickets. If India have runs to play with, their bowlers can do the job.”
Before struggling a batting collapse on day three of the first Test , India had taken a significant 53-run first-innings lead after the second day’s play and regarded in a cushty place. Taylor feels the guests had one unhealthy day and they need to not let that innings outline their whole tour.
“India can’t let one unhealthy innings outline their tour. If you put the Adelaide match into perspective, they in all probability gained the first two days. Obviously, they obtained belted on the third, however you’re allowed to have one unhealthy day. The key can be to see how they bounce again.
“I think day one in Melbourne is absolutely crucial for India’s chances in the series,” he added.
India can be with out the providers of standard skipper Virat Kohli, who has returned dwelling for the delivery of his first youngster. Taylor feels the vacationers won’t solely miss the 32-year previous’s batting but additionally his management abilities.
“I think it’s certainly going to be tougher for them to bounce back without Kohli, obviously they’ve lost an outstanding batsman. But the bigger hole to fill is his leadership, and the drive he gives the side,” he stated.
“That can be the space that Rahane and the group administration may have to take heed to, and I’m positive they are going to be.
“They’ll have been working hard, firstly to put Adelaide behind them, and secondly to make sure they hit the ground running on Boxing Day,” Taylor added.