Legendary batsman Alan Border was named ‘Captain Grumpy’ for his attitude, who used to say a lot to his teammates but when you meet him, this former Australia captain will meet you with a big smile. Its warmth can also be felt during conversation.
The 65-year-old Border is excited to see cricket again at his home ground. He spoke to our colleague Times of India about the series against the Indian team.
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On the Border-Gavaskar series, he said, “Australia have more chances of winning, especially when they are playing on their home ground.”
The only batsman to score 150 runs in both innings of a Test match (vs Pak, Lahore, 1980) said, ‘One thing that is in favor of Australia is that Virat Kohli is playing only the first Test. I think this is a big setback for India. He is currently performing as a batsman and a captain. I think the result of the series should be 2-1 in Australia’s favor.
The strong bowling attack, a superb spinner as Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith and David Warner, have strengthened the batting as the Border is confident that Australia can win the series.
Border’s praise of Indian captain Virat’s batting is not hidden from anyone. He said that Australians like to hate him. He said, ‘He is an opposition player and plays aggressively. He seems to have a lot of time whoever plays Test cricket with the same passion as Kohli. It is up to players like Kohli and teams like India, England and Australia to protect Test cricket from the growing threat of franchise cricket.
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When you say words like ‘Kovid-19’ and ‘Bio-bubble’, the mood of the border suddenly changes. He said that things are not too bad in Queensland, where he lives. He fears the mental health of players who have moved from a bio-secure bubble in the UAE to another bubble in Australia.
He said, ‘I can’t imagine being in a bio-bubble. I don’t know how players will be able to cope with moving from one bio-secure bubble to another. You will be more mentally tired than physical fatigue.
Border said, ‘Hotel, bus, ground and then the same. This routine will be hard work for months. It can play a pivotal role in the series and Indians can feel more isolated than Australians. ‘ Border also said that players should find ways to entertain themselves
He also said that captaining Steve Smith after Tim Paine would create a ‘media circus’. He said, ‘After the pen we have no clear choice. I don’t think the selectors want to go back to Smith. Then it will become a media circus, which we do not need. Only allow Smith to score as many runs as possible.
Border thanked the current coach of the team, Justin Langer. He said, ‘Winning at all costs did not prove to be very popular. Justin has won the team players, but with a class. ‘