It happened due to a bit of self-infatuation and over-confidence: Shastri
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri on Friday said the hosts’ batsmen had to bear the brunt of “complacency and overconfidence” as they were too eager to dominate the Australian bowlers in the third Test here on a wicket on which the ball took a lot of turn. And there was an uneven bounce on it from the very first morning. Australia defeated India by nine wickets in the third Test, which ended early on the third morning after two days.
Shastri told ‘Star Sports’, “Look what a little bit of complacency and a little bit of overconfidence can do in which you start taking things lightly, you are not careful and this match will bring you down.” “He said,” I think it (the defeat) was a combination of all these things. When you look at the first innings, just look at some of the shots he played, the extreme eagerness to try to dominate in those conditions. Take a step or two back to assess this. ,
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden also criticized the Indian batsmen, saying they seemed to be playing to save their places in the team. He said, “There was a change in the team as well. KL Rahul was dropped from the playing XI. Some things like this are a bit volatile, players were playing to defend their positions and those occasions can create a different mindset. ,
Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar also criticized the Indian batsmen for their poor performance in the third Test and said that the ‘pitch dominated their mind’. Hayden praised Australian opener Travis Head, who scored an unbeaten 49. The 51-year-old Hayden said, “When you show passion and intent, what happens after that is fantastic. It was very good batting. The same can be said about Travis Head.
He was dropped for the first test but in the second test he showed the aggression for which the Australians are famous. Former Australian captain Mark Taylor also praised Head who dominated the Indian bowlers. He told ‘Wide World of Sports’, ‘Travis Head put pressure on the bowlers and it was fantastic.