Sunil Gavaskar feels India will have a fight on their hands if Australia manage to score anything between 260-270 in their first innings. The visitors were 231 for eight at stumps on Day 1 of the fourth Test at Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday after stand-in skipper Shane Watson won the toss.
Gavaskar was all praise for Peter Siddle, whose unbeaten 47 off 125 balls, helped Australia survive another humiliation against Indian spinners. Siddle is the highest run-getter after Steven Smith arrested an Aussie slide with a well-made 46. "He showed great heart with the ball in Mohali and here at Kotla, Siddle has shown great fight with the bat," the NDTV expert said.
Apart from the Aussie capitulation against Indian spinners, the Kotla wicket's behavior surprised many. An Ishant Sharma delivery reared up from good length spot to hit Phil Hughes in the grill. VVS Laxman even called the deck "a Day 3 wicket". But Gavaskar feels the Kotla pitch was "settling down after tea."
"I think the Day 2 (Saturday) wicket will be good to bat on. Like most Indian wickets, Day 2 will be the best for a Test match. And if the Australians manage to score 260-270, then India have a fight," said Gavaskar.
The original Little Master, however, feels India will not be too worried with Australia's 230. "India have several impact batsmen like Pujara and Murali Vijay who have scored big runs over the last three Test matches. So India will be happy after the first day," Gavaskar said.
Ravindra Jadeja, who took 2 for 24 on Friday, picked up Gavaskar's accolades for another brilliant effort with his left-arm spin. "He is a big plus in the team. He has given great flexibility to Dhoni and he is certainly no more a stop-gap bowler," Gavaskar said.