World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs India

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar expressed surprise at Australia’s tactics in their failed chase of 353 vs India in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 outing at The Oval in London.Sachin Tendulkar pointed out Australia’s decision to hold back big-hitter Glenn Maxwell in their steep chase worked in favour of India and said he hasn’t seen Warner bat slower than he did against India on Sunday.India vs Australia, World Cup 2019: Highlights | ReportChasing 353, Australia got off to an uncharacteristically slow start with David Warner struggling to put bat to ball. The pressure on Aaron Finch was so much so that he was run-out when trying to steal an improbable second.Warner took his time and scored a fifty off 77 balls but failed to build on it as he perished for 56 off 84 balls while trying to take India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on in the 25th over.Following Warner’s departure, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja struggled to get the boundaries as India’s wrist-spinners put the brakes on in the middle overs. Khawaja tried to accelerate but he perished in the 37th over even as the asking rate shot past 10 runs per over.Glenn Maxwell, who walked in at No. 4, smashed a 28-ball 14 but it came a bit too late in Australia’s innings. Alex Carey played a blinder, hitting the World Cup 2019’s fastest fifty but it wasn’t enough as Australia fell short of the total by 36 runs.”That [holding Glenn Maxwell back] was a wrong move, I believe that worked beautifully in India’s favour,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.advertisementHe added: “At the stage, I completely understand that you needed a left hand-right hand combination. But when that can work is when you need 6 or 7 runs an over and Usman Khawaja comes and rotates the strike. But you needed someone to play the big shots and change the momentum.”When Maxwell walked in, he took no time to strike at 300. At that stage, the body language of India players also changed. Suddenly a red flag was waved. And Chahal did it beautifully again. He’s had a fair amount of success against Maxwell.”Have seen Starc bowl much better: TendulkarSachin Tendulkar also pointed out Mitchell Starc’s inability to move the ball on a flat Oval wicket let Australia down.”When Starc is not bringing the ball back in, he is not as effective. He is not that threatening when he is not able to do that. I have been Starc bowl much better. He becomes effective when he is bowling 145-plus. He is full up and swinging it back to hit the stumps,” Tendulkar said.”The ball was not swinging that much. I think that was something Australians were hoping didn’t happen. Australia were hoping for an early wicket, considering the platform India were building at that point in time.”India flaunted their batting firepower to post 353 after Shikhar Dhawan smashed 117 and Virat Kohli a well-paced 82. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni smashed late cameos as India went past the 350-run mark.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar wants Shikhar Dhawan to break his record in ICC tournamentsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India outplayed us, says Aaron Finch after defeatAlso See:last_img