Young Australian cricketers still in primary school compared to their Indian counterparts: Greg Chappell | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: Young Australian cricketers are still in “primary school” compared to their Indian counterparts, believes former Indian coach Greg Chappell and urged his country’s cricket council to invest in talent to avoid losing out. become “also-rans” in no time.
Injured India without its star players took an incredible 2-1 victory over Australia in the four-test series and Chappell believes it is the robust national structure and the efforts of BCCI that prepare their youngsters for the battle. the rigors of international cricket.

“Our young cricketers are weekend warriors compared to their fellow Indians, who get tough matches from the under-16 age group,” Chappell wrote in a column for ‘Sydney Morning Herald ‘.
“By the time an Indian player reaches the National XI he has had a full apprenticeship which prepares him to enter the Indian side with a reasonable chance of success.
“I’m afraid, by comparison, that Will Pucovski and Cameron Green are still in elementary school in terms of experience.”
Pointing out the huge difference in the amount spent by the two councils, Chappell said that Cricket Australia “cannot make 1960s Holdens in the age of electric cars.”

Will Pucovski. (AFP photo)
“BCCI invests millions of dollars in budding Indian cricketers. Cricket Australia, by comparison, spends $ 44 million on Sheffield Shield. The comparative spending gap is not a sinkhole; it is the size of the Indian Ocean, ”he wrote. .
“If Cricket Australia doesn’t do what it takes to be competitive in Test Cricket and our entire cricket administration doesn’t change their attitude about where to invest in talent, we’ll be ransomed in no time as well. ”
Chappell said “the skill level of the Indian youth teams would embarrass some of our top class teams.”
“Their ability to handle pressure has been cultivated in the cauldron of fierce matches. This level of intensity cannot be replicated in the nets or against lesser opponents. The fact that India has 38 top-class teams should give you an idea of ​​the depth of talent available, ”he wrote.

“What you see when you look at the Indian youth and the A teams is the surprising degree of maturity and an intuitive understanding of all aspects of the game. It is as rare as it is brutal. can be forgiven for thinking of a team of men playing a group of school children. ”
Chappell said that “India’s level of grassroots investment has left the rest of the cricket world in its wake” and that “the havoc COVID-19 has taken to cricket coffers across the world will not will only widen the gap between India and the poor. ”
“For those of you who were surprised that India could cope with everything thrown at them in this series, and could hold their nerve and win so bravely, I say: you had better to get used to it.
“Don’t worry about India becoming the best team – they are already capable of producing the top five teams in world cricket!”

Chappell also felt it was a mistake to play the same bowlers in all four tests.
“The biggest mistake was playing the same four bowlers on each test. For pacemen, playing four tests in five weeks is like running four marathons in as many weeks. There were signs in Sydney that Mitchell Starc, in particular , was jaded, “he wrote.
The former Australian batsman blamed the batsmen for the loss.
“I don’t blame Tim Paine and our bowlers for this loss. The guilt fairly and squarely rests on the batsmen, who just haven’t done enough runs at friendly wickets.”
Chappell said Australia will have to find replacements for David Warner and Steve Smith soon.

“Our days of domination are over, unless we start producing a bunch of batsmen who will beat 125 overs in the opening innings. David Warner is struggling and Steve Smith won’t be here forever, so we have to find the champions. who are leaving. to replace them – and soon. ”
He also supported Paine, who was the subject of much criticism for his gate and harbor master’s office.
“For those who are clamoring for rolling heads, especially those looking for Tim Paine’s head on a pike, I say REALLY? Tim is one of only five players who can claim an automatic spot on this Australian team. Sure, he didn’t have his best run of tests behind the strains, but he still has an average of 40 with the bat, ”he wrote.

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