Brisbane: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that missing out on the series draw against the Indian team weakened due to injury to many players, the hosts lost in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2 years ago. Will result in worse than this.
Despite the injury to many players, the Indian team has shown their determination and passion in the current round of Australia. In the fourth and last Test match, India is playing without their leading fast bowlers, captain Virat Kohli and some specialist batsmen.
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Ponting said, ‘I think the draw of the series will be worse than the defeat 2 years ago. I look at it from this perspective, knowing that India had difficulty in choosing playing XI out of 20 players in the series.
Ponting said, “On the other hand, David Warner in the last 2 matches in the Australian team and Steve Smith came back, while last time he was not in the team.” Equality in the series will not only be like a defeat but it will also be a bad result from the previous series.
The current Test series is currently 1–1. India have to score 324 runs for victory on the fifth and last day in Gaba and they have 10 wickets left. If the series is equal then the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will remain with India.
Ponting went on to say, ‘India’s arsenal will weaken at some point. Can’t continue to do what they are doing and I think it can happen tomorrow. He will make some mistakes while playing for the draw on the last day of the series.