There may not be any on field cricketing action going on at present due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, but for the cricketing fans of India, there has been content to keep themselves engaged. Many Team India stars have teamed up with fellow cricketers or media outlets to speak on various things, and the latest input comes from the legendary Ian Chappell. The Aussie hall of fame cricketer was recently engaged with a talk show with Sony, and was full of eulogy for the Indian cricket team.
Ian Chappell joined up with Indian news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai for the Sony Ten Pit Stop show on Friday, where the former Australian captain had conversation with a number of topics, and gradually it ended up on the upcoming Test series against India, which is scheduled later this year.
The retired batsman is now a commentator, and after asked about his possible presence in the Test series, Chappell’s words had shrewd enthusiasm.
“I am certainly looking forward to it. It will be a very interesting one. India will come with the confidence of having won last time they toured Australia,” the 76 year old referred to the 2018-19 Down Under series, when the Men in Blue earned their historical victory. Chappell also praised the brilliant captaincy of the then Indian captain Ravi Shastri.
However, dealing with Steve Smith and David Warner, the two hard hitting Aussie batsmen may be a tough job for Virat Kohli and the squad, but Chappell believes that “India are well equipped to handle Australian conditions.”
He continued: “Australia are pretty hard to beat at home and particularly with the attack that they have got at the moment, it is a very, very strong attack. The batting last time India were here wasn’t so good. If India can keep getting Warner and Smith out cheaply, then India could win.”
Australia are currently the no. 1 Test team in ICC rankings, followed by New Zealand and India.
Regarding India versus Australia, the inevitable topic of the Kohli-Smith rivalry comes up. Even though the Aussie run machine is the current top ranked Test batsman ahead of Kohli, Chappell still gave the upper hand to the Men in Blue skipper, across all three formats.
“I mean his (Kohli’s) records in all three formats is incredible and how he averages over 50 in T20 cricket, I think it’s a tremendous feat. So, he in my opinion, if you are taking about all three formats, Kohli is the best batsman at the moment,” the veteran added.