This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky Ponting

first_imgFormer Australia captain and batting great, Ricky Ponting has heaped praise on India cricket team, saying Virat Kohli’s men came up with a perfect approach to win the Boxing Day Test against the hosts in Melbourne on Sunday.Ponting also opined that India had arrived in Australia with their best-ever pace attack, which has shone due to its variety.India clinched a historic win, their first-ever in a Boxing Day Test Down Under earlier in the day. The world number one Test side came up with an all-round effort as their batsmen stepped up and posted 443 in the first innings following which their bowlers decimated the fragile Australian batting unit.Jasprit Bumrah, who won the Man of the Match award after picking up nine wickets in the Test, rattled Tim Paine’s men in the first innings with a six-wicket haul. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma joined the party in the second innings as Australia fell short of a 399-run target by 137 runs.The spirited effort in the MCG Test also saw Bumrah, Shami and Ishant break the record for most wickets by a pace trio in a calendar year set by West Indies greats Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding (130 wickets) in 1984. The much-talked-about India pace trio finished 2018 with 136 wickets after impressive showings in South Africa, England, and Australia.”… Full credit to (Kohli). He’s got a good attack at his disposal It’s certainly their best attack to come to Australia. They’re all slightly different as well – to pick a really good attack, you’ve got to have guys that are a bit different and all work really well. That’s what India have done really well,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.advertisementIndia read conditions at the MCG better: PontingMeanwhile, Ponting also conceded that India may have read the conditions better than Australia in the Melbourne Test. The former World Cup-winning captain had criticised India’s scoring rate in the first innings and even said that Cheteshwar Puajra’s 319-ball 106 may cost the visitors the MCG Test.India needed nearly two days to post 443 for 7 declared in their first innings as they scored at 2.61. However, the MCG pitch which was docile during the first two days offered a bit of assistance for the bowlers on Day 3 and 4.India bowlers were able to find a bit of reverse swing and the inconsistent bounce made life difficult for the batsmen.”There was a chance for a few of us to be critical after the first couple of days after how slow they batted, but they must have understood the conditions better than some of us did because It certainly did start to play some tricks day three and four,” Ponting said.”You can’t criticise, they’re 2-1 up in the series, they did everything perfectly in Melbourne.”Also Read | Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restAlso Read | Great to see India dominating with pace, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | We need our banned stars: Australian media react to massive defeat in MelbourneAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphAlso See:last_img read more