Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that missing the series draw against a weakened Indian team will be worse than the defeat to the hosts in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy two years ago. Despite the injury to many players, the Indian team has shown its courage and passion in the current tour of Australia. In the fourth and final Test match released at Brisbane’s Gabba, India are playing without their leading fast bowlers, captain Virat Kohli and some specialist batsmen. Ponting told Cricket.com AU, “I think the draw of the series would be worse than the defeat two years ago.”
He said, ‘I look at it from this perspective, knowing how much trouble India had in choosing playing XI out of 20 players in the series. On the other hand, David Warner in the last two matches in the Australian team and Steve Smith returned while they were not in the last time.
The former captain said, “The draw in the series will not only be a defeat but it will also be a bad result from the previous series.” The series is now 1–1. India need to score 324 runs for victory on the fifth and final day in Gaba with 10 wickets left. If the series remains equal then the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will remain with India. Ponting said that Australia should do everything possible to win as India’s militancy will not be sustained.
He said, ‘India’s militancy will weaken at some point. They cannot continue to do what they are doing and I think it may happen tomorrow. He would make some mistakes while playing for a draw on the last day of the series. Australia on the other hand knows that they have to give everything to win the series.