Brisbane Test: Bowling-friendly Gabba pitch might help India, reckons Deep Dasgupta

Former wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta reckons the fast pitch at the Gabba in Brisbane might just work in India’s favour when they face Australia in the fourth and final Test of the series on January 15.

Australia haven’t lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988 which is why they are being touted as the favourites to win the Brisbane Test and clinch the series 2-1, especially with India’s diminishing resources in the bowling department.

But Dasgupta offers a different point of view and actually feels the conditions might suit India as the batsmen are already used to playing on fast and bouncy pitches on this tour while the reserve fast bowlers, even though they lack experience, are quick enough to trouble the Aussies.

“I think it (fast pitch in Brisbane) plays into India’s hand to an extent because it generally is a bowling-friendly pitch and when you look at the Indian bowling side, which might have very inexperienced pacers, it might just help India that way.

“The other important aspect is that this is the last Test match so the batters are kind of used to the Australian pitches, this (Gabba) even though will be faster and bouncier than the others that India has played on. But at least they are used to it by now to a certain extent.

“So that could be a little more of an advantage for India but expect a lot of on the rise shots, expect few bouncers and a few more hits to the bodies, a few more bruises,” Dasgupta told Sports Today.


India have already lost pacers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav to injuries after the Boxing Day Test, and might just be forced to rest Jasprit Bumrah in Brisbane after he suffered an abdominal strain while bowling in the Sydney Test last week.

A call on Bumrah’s inclusion will be taken on the morning of the fourth Test. In case he is not able to play, then two-Test old Mohammad Siraj will lead the fast-bowling attack with Navdeep Saini as his partner. One of either Shardul Thakur or T Natarajan is likely to replace Bumrah in the playing XI.

Dasgupta backed Shardul to play ahead of Natarajan, who made an impressive debut for India in December last year during the limited-overs series but is the least experienced pacer in the squad.

“The Indian team is not announced as yet, I think they still want to see if there’s any chance of Bumrah playing. But it just seems not the right thing to do, if he’s not fit don’t take a chance with him.

“I would replace him with Shardul Thakur because he has played Test match cricket even though he unfortunately had to leave the ground in the very first over with an injury. He can be quiet handy, has played 60-odd first-class matches and he’s done really well if you look at his record it’s been fabulous.

“Natarajan is bowling very well but he does not have too much experience in red-ball cricket, even if you look at his first-class record he hasn’t played too many red-ball matches,” Dasgupta said.

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