Rajkumar Sharma, a former Delhi cricketer, and Virat Kohli’s coach since he was a youngster attempted to explain Australia’s choice to skip any pre-important Test series against India. opposed to playing any warm-up games.
The opposition believes that the pitches they will receive will be radically different from what the home team will provide for the first Test at Nagpur. In an effort to get ready, they have enlisted some local net bowlers.
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Rajkumar Sharma outlined the differences between the practice matches that India offers to the opposition and the ones that they receive when they visit abroad in an interview with India News.
“I appreciate Australia’s choice not to play the warm-up game because whenever we travel to SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries, they frequently face far lesser opposition and pitches that are radically different from what they would face in the main series. However, India doesn’t do the same when they host those countries,” Rajkumar Sharma said.
“Domestic cricketers used to wait for opportunities to play”: Rajkumar Sharma
Rajkumar Sharma remembered the time when domestic cricket players would wait for chances to play and make a mark against visiting teams in their warm-up games.
He does, however, comprehend the current trend among teams to avoid giving the opponent any advantage before a Test series.
“The culture has changed, and given the fierce rivalry, neither team wants to give an inch to the opposition. It is understandable that the hosts don’t want to show their cards by giving an indication of the pitch that Australia could get,” Rajkumar Sharma said.
“In our day, it was an opportunity for young players to score runs and pick up wickets against the touring teams and make an impression,” Rajkumar Sharma added.
Team India will return to action in the longest format of the game on February 9 when it takes on Australia in the first Test of the four-match series.
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