Adelaide: Indian captain Virat Kohli had a final pep talk with his beleaguered teammates today before leaving for India, handing over the mantle of leading the side to Ajinkya Rahane in the remaining three Tests. Before boarding his flight back home, Kohli met his teammates and encouraged them to give their all in the remainder of the series, which the visitors trail 0-1. The idea behind organising the pep talk was to boost the confidence of the players and keep them in a positive frame of mind heading into the crucial Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Kohli was India’s best batsman in the first Test, top-scoring with 74 in the first innings before being run-out after a misunderstanding with Rahane.
Batsmen need to move their feet: Gaekwad
New Delhi: Lack of foot movement is the malaise plaguing Indian batsmen at the moment, said Anshuman Gaekwad, the former Indian batsman and coach. The Indian batting’s recent collapses, in Adelaide and earlier in the year in New Zealand, after some below-par batting performances in England in 2018, have set the tongues wagging. The batsmen’s inability to play the moving ball has been exposed time and again, with the latest being the debacle in Adelaide when they were shot out for 36 in the second innings, their lowest total in Test history. Earlier this year, India lost Test matches in Wellington and Christchurch within three days after being bowled out for 165, 191, 242 and 124 in the four innings. Talking about the batting problems of the Indians, Gaekwad said: “What I can understand, and I have gone through all this, is that you need to use your feet, you cannot stand and deliver. You have to move your feet, front or back, get closer to the ball. In all these countries where the bounce is more, the pace is more, you need to have your technique sorted.” Agencies