Attributing India's ouster from the World Cup to crucial missed opportunities, former cricketers on Thursday said the team needed a big knock from a top-order batsman to have a shot at overhauling the mammoth Australian total.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell today said Ravichandran Ashwin will get purchase from the SCG wicket and that spin would be a "big advantage" for India when they square off against the Michael Clarke-led side in the cricket World Cup semi-finals here on Thursday.
Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell on Sunday said that Indian Rohit Sharma’s match-winning innings of 137 against Bangladesh in the cricket World Cup quarter-final reminded him of Sri Lankan batting great Aravinda de Silva.
With Australian pacers gearing up to take on a formidable Indian batting line up in the World Cup semi-final, former captain Ian Chappell says home attack is not completely balanced as they lack a top class spinner.
Impressed with the excellent bowling show by the Indian team so far, former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday said that the bowlers have combined well as a unit to pick all the opposition wickets in the seven wins on the trot in the ongoing cricket World Cup.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels rookie pacer Mohit Sharma has been a revelation in the ongoing World Cup as he has made a huge difference to the Indian attack, bringing about a turnaround in the side's fortunes after a string of poor shows in the run-up to the showpiece event.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni must pick specialist spinner Axar Patel over "bits and pieces" player Ravindra Jadeja in the team's second cricket World Cup game against South Africa here on Sunday.
Even as South Africa plot India's downfall with the help of Gary Kirsten and Mike Hussey, cricketing greats Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell on Wednesday felt their presence would not make much of a difference to the Proteas' chances in their World Cup game against the holders.
Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes India were superior to Pakistan in every aspect of the game during their World Cup win in Adelaide but said they need to work more on their bowling and fielding before they take on title-contenders such as Australia and New Zealand.
Legendary cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Chappell tipped India as favourites in their much anticipated World Cup clash against Pakistan, saying that past history and better acclimatisation to Australian conditions could tilt the balance in favour of the defending champions.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell today supported the ICC's proposed crackdown on the size of bats after the upcoming cricket World Cup, saying that the increase in the thickness of the willow put the bowlers and umpires under the risk of suffering injuries.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels bowling is a big area of concern for India and the defending champions should go with two spinners rather then depending on pacers during the cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
Describing India's defence of the World Cup title as shaky, former Australia captain Ian Chappell has advised them to keep star batsman Virat Kohli at number three to negate any opposition plans to bounce them out with short-pitched deliveries on lively pitches here.
Not too pleased with a couple of selection decisions in the Australian cricket squad for the ODI World Cup, former captain Ian Chappell said the home side will find its toughest competition in India and South Africa during the marquee event starting February 14.
Just into his second Test as India captain, Virat Kohli has come under severe criticism for his tactics from Australian batting greats Ian Chappell and Michael Clarke for the way he shuffled his bowlers during the ongoing fourth and final cricket Test here.
By no means, it has been a test by fire for the new India Test captain Virat Kohli in Sydney. The Indian team suffered a horrendous Day 1 at Sydney Cricket Ground, then on Day 2 the script never got any better for the tourists.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels even though he backs the hosts to win the series 3-0, India should field five specialist bowlers including two spinners in the final cricket Test, starting January 6.