Not having Virat will make a big difference in Indian batting: Chappell

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Sydney: Former Australian captain and famous commentator Ian Chappell says that the absence of Indian captain Virat Kohli in the last three matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will make a big difference in the batting of the Indian team. Virat will return home from Adelaide after taking part in the first match of the four-match Test series starting on 17 December. In such a situation, due to the absence of Virat, various speculations are being made about the performance of Team India. Chappell said, when captain Virat returns home after the first Test, India will face problems with team selection. This will make a big difference in the Indian batting order but at the same time it will give an emerging player an opportunity to show his talent. “There is going to be an interesting match between the two teams and the most important is the selection process,” he said. The results will reveal who proved to be better in the team combination. The 77-year-old Chappell, who captained the Australian team from 1971 to 1975, spoke about not only India but also Australia’s team composition. He supported young batsman Will Pukowski in place of David Warner as a partner in the Opening. Chappell said, the selection of players should always be based on the current form. As Warner’s opening partner, I would support Pukowski’s name in place of Burns. He scored six centuries in the Sheffield Shield tournament, three of which were double centuries. He has proved that he is capable of playing high level cricket. Significantly, Australian head coach Justin Langer has supported Joe Burns as David Warner’s opening pair. Langer had said that the pair of Joe Burns and David Warner had done well during the last Test series and that there was a really good synergy between them and that the pair would have to be retained on that basis. The opening pair of Warner and Burns have added 1365 runs at an average of 50.56. Chappell said, “We should not over-evaluate the importance of partnership.” Burns had scored 256 runs at an average of 32 last summer with the help of two half-centuries. This is a below average performance for a Test player. Pukowski has also performed brilliantly in the Sheffield Shield, including two double centuries this season. He said, ‘If the selectors are concerned about his mental health, which has been a problem so far in his short career, now is the right time to test him whether he has given himself to face the pressure of international tournament Has prepared. There will never be a better chance to prove yourself to him.

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