Chappell predicts Ponting blitzkrieg
Australia's assistant coach Greg Chappell feels that Anil Kumble's men should be wary of the Aussie captain's resolve to end his barren run in India.Full Coveragecricket Updated: Sep 29, 2008 12:31 IST
Ricky Ponting's barren run in India is all set to end in the upcoming four-Test series, asserts Australia's assistant coach Greg Chappell, who feels Anil Kumble's men should be wary of the Aussie captain's resolve.
"I can see a steely glint in his eye and I always worry when I see that in good players because that means there are a few runs around the corner," Chappell, a former India coach, was quoted as saying by 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.
"If I was the Indian team and I wanted to worry about something, I would worry about that. The only discussion we have had about it, in fact he (Ponting) was the one that initiated and made the comment that basically what he has to do is trust his method," he added.
Ponting has more than 10,000 Test runs under his belt but has always struggled on the turning tracks of India, averaging little over 12 there.
Even in the ongoing tour, the feisty right-hander has not made a very good start, scoring just five runs in a practice game in Jaipur against an attack that comprised Ranji-level bowlers.
Chappell, however, foresees Ponting doing well in the Test series starting October 9 in Bangalore provided the Aussie skipper continues to believe in himself.
"If he trusts his method and applies it here, I have no doubt that he will be successful. I think there have probably been a few occasions in India where he has got away from that method and that has perhaps been part of the issue when it comes to performance in India," he said.