Sanjay Manjrekar on India’s humiliating loss to Australia in Indore. India was defeated by Australia by nine wickets in the third Test.
After overwhelming Australia in the first two Tests of the current Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India was humiliated by Australia in the third Test in Indore. The Rohit Sharma-led team succumbed to spin in both innings in the third Test, and they never looked like the favorites to win the match.
Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar says the hosts were a touch too cocky and were still hungover after their victory in the previous two Tests. He also remarked that the players were attempting to dominate Australia too soon, which resulted in them playing too many aggressive shots without adequately gauging the circumstances.
“I got the sense that India was carrying the hangover from their previous dominance in the series. ” Manjrekar stated on Star Sports.
“For the first time, they (India) won the toss and batted first. So the onus was immediately on them to call the shots in the game. I thought they were simply trying to dominate a little too early and didn’t figure out the pitch. So many aggressive shots were taken with the idea that they understood the pitch. I believe that is where India stumbled. ” He said.
That’s what a little complacency and overconfidence can do: Ravi Shastri
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri also unimpress with the team’s attitude in the third Test. The 60-year-old feels the Indian squad was complacent and a tad overconfident, which led to their setback in Indore. Shastri also claimed that the Indian squad took things for granted and let their guard down in the third Test.
“That is what a little complacency, a little amount of overconfidence can do when you take things for granted, you drop guard and this game can bring you down. When you go back to the opening innings and watch some of the shots played, see some of the over-eagerness to dominate in these conditions, I believe it was a mix of all of these things. “You go back, take a step back, and analyze,” Shastri remarked on Star Sports.