IND VS AUS: Usman Khawaja’s batting strategy against India on the first day of the fourth and final Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2023 greatly impressed former Australia player Ian Chappell. On Day 1 of the fourth Test, Usman Khawaja blasted his fourteenth career Test ton, giving Australia the upper hand. Despite the modest scoring pace, Khawaja remained cool under pressure as the opener expertly handled and maneuvered the Indian bowlers.

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The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, delivered a very subpar showing. Usman Khawaja is still at the bowling crease, so despite their four wickets, they will face a difficult assignment when they resume play on Day 2. Particularly unhappy with India’s poor bowling strategies, particularly targeting Khawaja, was Ian Chappell.

“Doesn’t Make Any Sense”: Ian Chappell

IND VS AUS: Ian Chappell Confused With India's Bowling Approach 
IND VS AUS: Ian Chappell Confused With India’s Bowling Approach 

“One thing I can’t understand is India’s desire to come around the wicket the whole time to a left-hander. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. You speak to all the good left-handers that I’ve spoken to, and they say that right-arm over the wicket is the toughest guy to face. It’s okay now and again for a bit of a change around the wicket.”

Chappell said

Ian Chappell was blunt in his criticism of India. The Indian bowling staff’s mindset concerned him the most, especially when facing Usman Khawaja as the opener. First, the former top-order batsman praised Khawaja, saying the 36-year-old had displayed incredible composure and consistency throughout this Test series thus far. Chappell remarked that it was not difficult for the Indian bowlers to devise a plan to eliminate Khawaja.

All they needed to do, as is customary when facing a left-hander, was alter their bowling attack’s direction.

Usman Khawaja’s Batting Performance

“Maybe around the wicket works more in England. But in India, ridiculous, particularly to a player like Usman Khawaja, whose great strength is his onside, and we saw that today. Why would you angle the ball into his pads when that’s exactly what he wants? Khawaja looked at ease the whole time. India haven’t come up with a solution to Khawaja’s batting, and it’s starting to hurt them.”

Said Ian Chappell

Khawaja now leads the four-match Test series between India and Australia in runs scored, surpassing Indian captain Rohit. Against Australia, Indian skipper Rohit scored 207 runs in 5 innings. Opening batsman Khawaja amassed 257 runs in 7 innings against India as of Day 1 of the fourth Test.

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For Australia, Khawaja has scored 4,418 runs in 60 Test matches. At Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the 36-year-old made his Test debut against England in 2011. The senior batter has participated in 60 Test matches for the Baggy Greens.

Khawaja has also represented Australia in 9 T20 Internationals and 40 One Day Internationals (ODIs).

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