Former Indian batsman and commentator Sunil Gavaskar said that India has to come with a positive mindset and intent into the Boxing Day Test after the horrendous outing in Adelaide in the first Test.
The whole team went down for a 36-all out monumental collapse and lost the first game by eight wickets.
Gavaskar said that India should try to forget athat and start afresh. Speaking to Sports Tak, India should start the Melbourne Test well, it’s necessary for them to step onto the ground with a lot of positivity. Australia’s weak point is their batting.”
“India have to believe that they can come back in the remainder of the Test series. If India don’t find the positivity, then there 4-0 series loss can happen. But if they have positivity, why not? It can happen (comeback). It’s natural that there is anger after such a performance. But in cricket, anything can happen. Look at how the scene was yesterday, and what has happened today,” Gavaskar added.
With virat Kohli not available and seeing Prithvi Shaw’s woeful touch, gavaskar also suggested a potential couple of changes.
“India will look at making 2 changes. Firstly, maybe Kl Rahul should replace Prithvi Shaw as an opener. At No. 5 or No. 6, Shubman Gill should come in. His form has been good. Things can change if we start well,” Gavaskar said.
The Legendary batsman also pointed out the sloppy fielding by the visitors and said that apart from the quality of fielding, Team India has to also improve upon the field placements.
“Had we held on to our catches well and had good field placements, there might not have been any problem, Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschagne would have gotten out early. We could have got a lead of 120 runs. Australia got ahead in the Tests because of those dropped catches, they got the lead down to 50 runs,” Gavaskar said.