The former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali slammed Australia’s batting approach in the fourth test. He states the approach was so defensive. The final test match in Ahmedabad ended in a draw. Ashwin and Jadeja won the player of the series award. Virat Kohli won the man of the match for his comeback ton.
Pat Cummins returned to Australia after the second test to be with his ill mother. Unfortunately, his mother passed away during the test match. He didn’t return for the ODI series as well. Basit Ali says it is a plot to remove the captaincy from Cummins and give it back to Steve Smith.
Basit Ali’s words
“The way Australia played it felt like the team from 1970-80. They won the toss and scored 255 on Day 1 and 225 on Day 2. It felt like Australia are leading 2-1 in the series but it is India, who are leading 2-1. Just because they have reached the finals of World Test Championship, so they have maintained a defensive approach.”
“The mindset with which Steve Smith and their coach Andrew McDonald employed was extremely sad. Their coach was an ordinary player and his thinking too is very ordinary. I also want to make one more point that this is a plot to remove Pat Cummins from the captaincy and reinstate Smith as their new leader. Smith led Australia to a win in the third Test and they now want to play a draw, so Smith can once again be at the helm with his selected group of players,”
He further added some words on Usman Khawaja
“Usman Khawaja played like a batsman from Bangladesh. His approach was very timid, and I feel it was a selfish innings. You score 180 runs after playing 422 deliveries in this pitch. Only Green looked like a batter from Australia,”