India and Australia have had the fiercest rivalries in modern-day cricket. They have had many banters in the recent past and that have brought the best out of both the teams. However, this time around, India have not got off to the greatest of starts on the tour as they have lost their first two ODIs comprehensively. There were a lot of friendly exchanges seen on the field among the players and former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan believes that it is now how things should be.

PPlayers like Virat Kohli thrive on being involved in banters and as far as it is in the limits and does not get personal, Zaheer Khan believes that India must try to get under the skin of the Australians.

“Knowing the coach Ravi Shastri, he should take a leaf out of old school cricket and maybe remind Smith and Warner about what has happened a couple of years back (sandpaper gate). At times when things aren’t going your way you just have to find something to bring out that intensity,” Zaheer Khan told Cricbuzz.

Head coach Ravi Shastri himself used to enjoy being involved in banters during his playing days and that is why Zaheer believes that Indians should learn from him and try to engage the Aussies in a bit of a banter. This would not only give the game some intensity but will also give India a much needed momentum going into the T20I series and the all-important Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“They have to pick that fight maybe. Not in a bad way — staying in the boundaries and bringing out that intensity at times.

Forget about what is going your way, what’s not and just get in the zone, which really helps bring out the best in you.

Ravi has been good at it so I think that’s something he should definitely ponder because it’s going to be a long tour. They should try everything and anything possible,” Zaheer said.


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