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Ricky Ponting: India’s best chance of defeating Australia is to develop turning wickets.

Ricky Ponting: India's best chance of defeating Australia is to develop turning wickets.

Ravindra Jadeja’s outstanding five-wicket haul helped the home team seize control of the first day of the first Test of the series between India and Australia in Nagpur. Ricky Ponting, a former Australian captain, has spoken on Nagpur’s playing field, which was widely criticised prior to the match.

When asked about the condition of the field, Ricky Ponting said he wasn’t at all surprised because India needed to build a turning track if they wanted to defeat the visitors in the current series. He believed that Australia’s decision to field two off-spinners gave the home team, which has three world-class spinners, the upper hand.

“I anticipated the wicket to play the way it has today. A few days ago, when I and everyone else took a look at it, the surface became the topic of much discussion. The greatest way for India to defeat Australia is to get ready with turning wickets.
“One, because it will be challenging for our batsmen, and two, because they will likely believe that their spinners are superior to Australia’s as well. Additionally, Australia is currently facing up against two right-arm off-spinners, one of whom is making his debut. India clearly has the advantage in that area. So I can see how that came about,” Ponting remarked in reference to the ICC review.

Jadeja, in my opinion, has a strong chance of taking the most wickets in this series overall: Ponting
Prior to the first Test in the series, Ravichandra Ashwin received a lot of attention, but it was Ravindra Jadeja, who was returning, who caused the most damage with the ball. The left-arm spinner came back with amazing stats of 5/47, taking out Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, two of Australia’s top batsmen.

Ponting evaluated Jadeja’s performance on the first day of the eagerly anticipated series and said the Indian star would end up with the most wickets if he can keep up his level of fitness.
“Because of how he [Jadeja] bowls on those kinds of wickets – the pace, the line, and especially the way he pitches the ball to right-handers, where he always pitches it on the stumps, and one would turn and one would slide on, as we saw with the dismissal of Steven Smith today. He may end up being the series’ top wicket-taker if his body holds up and he can complete the four Test matches, as the series progresses “Added he.


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