Former Pakistan skipper makes a “tailor-made” jab at Australia as India Retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Former Pakistan skipper makes a "tailor-made" jab at Australia as India Retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Ramiz Raja, a former captain and chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, asserted that defeating the Indian squad at home is impossible. On Day 3 of the second Test at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, Australia might have harboured thoughts of tying the series and winning back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy if it weren’t for Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The spin twins, who spun a web around the Australian batters and brought about a collapse, managed to tip the scales in favour of the home team. The hosts had to chase a meagre mark to grab a manageable series lead after the Australians lost their way and lost all of their wickets.

India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a commanding six-wicket victory.

Ramiz Raja extolled the virtues of captain Rohit Sharma and his entire squad in a video posted on his personal YouTube channel. Jadeja received special mention for his outstanding performance with the ball in both innings.

Axar Patel, an all-rounder who contributed a precious 74 to India’s first innings comeback from a hazardous situation, was also mentioned by the former PCB chairman.

“Axar Patel’s first-inning knock was the game-winner. At a moment when Australia might have harboured dreams of skittling India out for a low score and taking a sizable lead, he formed a vital combination with Ashwin. Australia’s batting has glaring mechanical faults, and they failed to exhibit the mental toughness required to succeed on these surfaces. Their batting against spin was woefully inadequate. They made the incorrect shots, “stated Raja.

The former captain of Pakistan was blunt in his criticism of Australia’s inability to resist spin in both innings.

“Australia would treat teams from the subcontinent the same way that India treated them in Delhi, but on specially designed fields in Perth or Brisbane. The situation has changed. It demonstrates how poorly Australia had prepared for the series. In India, Team India cannot be defeated. In opposition to spin, it was an average performance. Nine wickets were lost in a single session. Jadeja produced an outstanding bowling performance “the former captain of Pakistan stated.

India has made a huge step in securing its entry to the World Test Championship (WTC) final after taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the current series.

The tourists will try to tie the series in the final two Tests despite losing the Border-Gavaskar trophy.