Australian wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade has stated that him and the Australian team were surprised by the Indian team’s aggression in the second Test at Bangalore.
The Indian team suffered a crushing defeat in the first Test in Pune, much to the surprise of many, but hit back hard in the second Test, despite a poor start.
Matthew Wade has now admitted that the Australian team were taken aback by the aggression of Virat Kohli and his troops in the second Test.
Wade speaking to Cricket.com.au said:
“They’re always aggressive. The change from the first Test to the second Test was probably the initial shock. They certainly came out a little harder on day three (at Bengaluru), but we expect them to come hard. When you’ve got a caged lion you expect them to come out pretty hard, to get away. Indian teams are always quite aggressive.”
Wade also stated that there was a stark contrast between the leadership styles of Virat Kohli and his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“Dhoni was a different captain to Kohli, but that’s just personality.”
Wade conceded that the Australians will now have to pull up their socks to make a comeback in the series.
“Indian teams always go quite hard, if you give them a sniff they’ll run with it. Our job is to make sure they can’t get in the game so they can’t get aggressive with us, and then really take the momentum away from us. But it’s not really our issue. We’ve got to play good cricket and beat them on skill. Emotion doesn’t win Test matches.”