Mumbai: The upcoming four-Test rubber against Australia is India’s best opportunity to win a series down under, feels former Australia skipper Ian Chappell.
“The Indian players should think that this is their best chance to win in Australia. They (Australian) are very young. The Australian team may have good days, but they are very inconsistent,” he said during a panel discussion at the Raj Singh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit here last night.
Former England captain Mike Brearley and Indian cricketers -- Kapil Dev, Sanjay Manjrekar and Ajay Jadeja -- were among others, who were part of the discussion.
Rohit Sharma bats on the second day of the cricket match between Australian Chairmans XI and India at Manuka Oval in Canberra on 20 December 2011. AFP
Chappell named flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag and experienced seamer Zaheer Khan as the players, who could play a critical role for India in the series.
“Sehwag is the sort of player, who would keep the opposition batsmen awake at night. He scores quickly and makes big runs. Zaheer has the habit of taking early wickets and taking five-wicket hauls. Both give their team maximum time to win a Test,” he said.
The noted cricket commentator said, the major worry for Australia was the injuries to key players.
“One of the main concerns for Australia is injuries. Their players have suffered ridiculous number of injuries. Shaun Marsh (who has a back injury), has not played in the last seven weeks,” he said.
All-rounder Shane Watson, left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson, young sensation Pat Cummins are among several important Aussie players, who have injury concerns.
He was also of the view that former skipper Ricky Ponting should soon take a decision on his retirement, before the selectors are forced to drop him.