Kris Srikkanth said India have to forget about the horror defeat in the series-opening Pink-ball Test and look to be more positive against Australia in the Boxing Day Test.
India lost the series-opening Pink-ball Test by 8 wickets in Adelaide (AP Photo)
- India will look to bounce back in the series after the horror defeat in the Pink-ball Test
- Australia will miss the services of the injured David Warner in the Boxing Day Test
- Kris Srikkanth said the Australian batting is too dependent on Warner and Steve Smith
Former cricketer Kris Srikkanth feels that India are going to find it difficult to cope with life without Virat Kohli in the Test series but said that the visitors have the ability to bounce back since “Australian batting is not very strong”.
India will be without Kohli for the remaining three matches as the skipper has gone back home to be with his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma, who is due to give birth to the couple’s first child next month.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead Team India in Kohli’s absence.
Srikkanth said India have to forget about the horror defeat in the series-opening Pink-ball Test and look to be more positive against the Aussies in the Boxing Day Test which starts in Melbourne on Saturday.
“I think Virat summed it up very well when he said the positive intent was missing. They went into more of a shell, the Indians. The mindset I think was too defensive. They have to regroup. They have to have a bit more positive intent. The best way is just to go for it.
“But when you miss King Kohli, it’s going to make it difficult let’s be honest. And Shami [as well]. But I’m sure they’ll come out and fight. Everybody [in India] is disappointed but then everyone has taken the view [to look at it] as a bad dream,” Srikkanth told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Srikkanth went on to praise the Aussie bowling attack but said their batting is too dependent on David Warner and Steve Smith. Warner will miss the second Test as well as he is yet to fully recover from a groin injury.
“Let’s not forget, the Aussies’ batting is not great. My belief is the Aussies’ batting is 30 per cent Warner, 30 per cent Smith, all others put together is 30 per cent. But the bowling is very good. The Australian batting is not very strong,” he said.