BGT: Main task for Indian batters will be to establish mental superiority over Nathan Lyon, says Ian Chappell
Australia legend Ian Chappell has said that the main task for Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Chesteshwar Pujara will be to establish a mental superiority over Australia spinner Nathan Lyon. India are set to face Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy, starting February 9.
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By India Today Web Desk: Australia legend Ian Chappell has said that the main task for Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Chesteshwar Pujara will be to establish a mental superiority over Australia spinner Nathan Lyon. India are set to face Australia in the Border-Gavaskar trophy, starting February 9.
Writing for ESPNcricinfo, Chappell said one of the main tasks of Indian batters will be to tackle Lyon and gain a mental edge over him.
“One of the main tasks for Indian players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will be to establish mental superiority over Lyon. If Australia can’t rely on Lyon claiming regular wickets at an acceptable rate, their bowling will then depend greatly on the ‘big three’,” wrote Chappell.
He added that the main task for the Indian bowlers will be to keep the dangerous and in-form Steve Smith quite, adding that if India limit Smith and Lyon, then they can win the series.
“The main task for India’s bowlers will be to find a way to keep the heavy-scoring Smith quiet. If India are able to limit Smith and Lyon’s success they will be on the way to winning matches,” Chappell added.
He said that Rishabh Pant’s absence will be a big loss for India as no one can replace his desire to dominate bowlers.
“The main thing India will lose from Pant’s unavailability is an excellent run rate, which came from his belligerent aggression. No one can replace Pant’s desire to dominate bowlers,” Chappell wrote.
Chappell said that India are the favorites to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, insisting that a test series between good teams has the power to bring out the best in the most competitive players.
“Test series between good teams have a way of bringing out the best in the most competitive players. This series has all the makings of a hard-fought one, with very little between two excellent teams. These sides are two of Test cricket’s dwindling number of really good teams, but it’s hard to look past India for the eventual victors of this series,” Chappell added.