Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes that the win over T20I series against Australia will surely have an impact on the upcoming Border-Gavaskar trophy, especially the mental aspect of the players.
The visiting side had taken a 2-0 unassailable lead in the T20I series against Australia. India won the first T20I by 11 runs and second T20I by six wickets against the hosts.
“Australia were making big totals in the ODI series, so the T20I series win will surely have an impact on the Test series, however, little it might be. Yes, different players are playing this series but it will make a difference to players mentally if not anything,” Ashish Nehra said in a video uploaded by Cricbuzz.
Nehra stated that the T20I series win will impact the mental aspect of the Indian players. Nehra also pointed out that the focus should be on whitewashing the hosts with Manish Pandey coming back into the side.
“There is no need to rest any of the bowlers as they are not on the Test side be it Sundar, Natarajan, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, or Yuzvenvdra Chahal. Except for Manish Pandey, there can be no possible change, perhaps Virat Kohli can take rest himself and Pandey can be picked in place of him with KL Rahul as the captain but nothing else,” Nehra added.
The third and final T20I of the 3-Match series between India and Australia will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on Tuesday. The Border Gavaskar Trophy is scheduled to start from December 17 in Adelaide.
The first Test of the 4-Match series between India and Australia will be played from December 17 – December 21 in Adelaide.