‘The Indian batters should have’: Gautam Gambhir

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The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is in the favor of India by 2-1. The last test match was won by Australia. They won the match by nine wickets. Poor batting in both innings cost the defeat in the match for India. The highest scorer for the match was Cheteshwar Pujara’s grinding knock of 59 off 142 deliveries. The rest of the batters just could not stand in the center of the wicket.  Gautam Gambhir comments on Indian batters’ lack of match practice ahead of the series.

Gautam Gambhir’s advice to batters

“Not 100 percent, make that 200 percent. The Indian batters should have played a few Ranji Trophy matches ahead of the Test series against Australia. However, they shouldn’t have played those matches just to prepare. It doesn’t matter if you conduct 20-day camps or bat in the nets,” 

He further added that

Australia struggled in the first two matches because of their mindset of not playing practice matches. This is a negative mindset. The same goes for the Indian batters. And I am talking about the batters, the fast bowlers need rest and they can take a break. But the batters should go play in Ranji Trophy, make centuries and double centuries. It is very important to play red-ball cricket before an important series,”

In this Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the leading run scorers are Rohit Sharma with  185 runs with an average of 92.50 in the four innings. Surprisingly, Axar Patel is second in the leading run-scorer. The lower order’s contribution has been vital for India. Axar, Ashwin, and Jadeja plays important role in the team.

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