Former Australia captain Ian Chappell criticized India’s star batsmen after failing in the third test

The opening day of the third Test match between India and Australia turned out to be dramatic as the visitors restricted the hosts to just 109 runs. The Australian spinners took advantage of the rank turners and took the Indian batsmen by surprise. Virat Kohli was the top run-scorer for India as he scored 22 runs. India’s middle order collapsed as Cheteshwar Pujara (1), Ravindra Jadeja (4), Shreyas Iyer (0), and KS Bharat (17) perished.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell made a scathing comment and said, “Cheteshwar Pujara is very jumpy. I think he has been jumping around a lot throughout the series. I keep hearing that Shreyas Iyer is a very good player of spin bowling, but I haven’t seen it yet and I can’t believe he is. To me, he is a bit nervous”.

“There are some players in the Indian side who have not convinced me that they are good players of spin bowling. I thought the Australians scared India early on. A few things happened with the pitch. Australian spinners bowled very accurately. But what we saw was the Australian type of batting from the Indians”, Chappell said on ESPNcricinfo.

Chappell then lauded Usman Khawaja, who scored a brilliant 60 on a difficult Indore pitch. “When Australia batted, especially [Usman] Khwaja, he was very good. [Marnus] Labushen had a good partnership with him. When Rohit Sharma scored a century in Australia’s innings, his batting was high. For me, it was Australia who outclassed India and certainly deserved to lead,” said the former Australian skipper.

India are currently batting at 79/4 after restricting the Kangaroos to 197 runs. Congratulations to Umesh Yadav and the Indian spinners who helped India stage a comeback in Indore.

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