Former Australia captain Mark Taylor reckons India’s best chance to bounce back from the Adelaide humiliation is to bat first and score plenty of runs in the Boxing Day Test starting in Melbourne on Saturday.
India were bundled out for their lowest-ever Test score of 36 in their second innings as Australia claimed an eight-wicket win in the pink-ball Test to take a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
“India’s best chance is to put runs on the board. They’ve still got some very fine players. Obviously (Virat) Kohli leaves a big hole in terms of batting and leadership, but they’ve still got (Cheteshwar) Pujara and (Ajinkya) Rahane,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.
Taylor opined India’s potent bowling attack is capable of taking 10 wickets in an innings if their batsmen put enough runs on the board.
“If they put runs on the board, they’ve got the bowling attack to take 10 wickets. If India have runs to play with, their bowlers can do the job.”
“India can’t let one bad innings define their tour. If you put the Adelaide match into perspective, they probably won the first two days. Obviously, they got belted on the third, but you’re allowed to have one bad day. The key will be to see how they bounce back. I think day one in Melbourne is absolutely crucial for India’s chances in the series,” he added.