India vs Australia: Zaheer Khan praised R Ashwin for his figures of 4/55 in 1st innings of 1st Test.© AFP
Despite India’s eight-wicket loss within the first Test of the four-match series against Australia, former pacer Zaheer Khan has listed a variety of positives for the visiting aspect and feels that the aspect has discovered from that have. On Saturday, India were restricted to 36/9 within the second innings of the pink-ball Test and Australia was given a mediocre goal of 90 runs. Australia chased down the overall comfortably inside 21 overs with eight wickets in hand. According to the veteran speedster, India displayed confidence as they named their enjoying XI a day earlier than the sport and added that Virat Kohli-led aspect additionally batted properly barring the second innings.
“The first optimistic for India was that the playing XI was announced a day before. I really feel it was a giant optimistic since you confirmed confidence within the enjoying XI,” Zaheer stated on the Sony Sports Network.
“The second positive was opting to bat after winning the toss. You showed that however good an attack Australia may have, we will play according to the conditions.
“The first day was superb. Pujara and Virat Kohli had set a platform though we could have fallen brief by 40-50 runs of the variety of runs that ought to have been scored.
“Bowling made a very good comeback. There were problems about length at the start, even the Australian bowlers had that issue in the first innings. India learnt from that,” he added.
Zaheer went on and lauded spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his 4/55 within the first innings on the Adelaide Oval.
“Ashwin was another positive as you want your main spinner to play a good role in these conditions, get the breakthroughs. He got Smith out and picked up three wickets during that period. He overall took four wickets in the first innings,” he stated.
India and Australia will play the Boxing Day Test on the Melbourne Cricket Ground, starting December 26.
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