Vikram Rathour
Vikram Rathour. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Team India will lock horns against Australia in the series-decider of the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy, starting from January 15 at the Gabba in Brisbane. However, it was reported that the visiting nation was unhappy with the hospitality they received in a hotel in Brisbane.

According to the reports published in Australian media, Men in Blue were initially confined to their hotel rooms and had to clean their rooms and toilets themselves. Also, they were deprived of all the amenities and facilities promised by Cricket Australia (CA). Nonetheless, the matter was resolved after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) arranged a conference call with CA.

India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour opined on the whole episode saying that the visiting team doesn’t need housekeeping to motivate themselves as they are completely charged to take the field against Australia in the final Test.

“We are playing Australia in Australia, against one of the better attacks in the world. I think the motivation is there. You don’t need housekeeping or room service to motivate yourself. But as far as the team and the management is concerned, we are focussed on the game,” he said in the virtual press conference.

Team India has shown a lot of character: Vikram Rathour

India has encountered multiple injuries during the Australia tour and will enter the fourth Test without the services of their key players including skipper Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, KL Rahul, and pacers Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Japrit Bumrah.

Yet the Men in Blue are confident about giving a tough competition to the opposition and haven’t let the problems distract them when it comes to their cricket. When asked the reason behind India’s mental toughness, Vikram revealed, “The toughness comes from preparation. I think the boys have been working hard for not only for this tour but for many many years now. We always believed in their ability and they have a lot of belief in their own ability.”

“So even after the Sydney Test, what was being said to them was that we need to keep having belief in our preparation, in the way we play our cricket. One innings can not let the doubts creep in, and that was said to everyone in a united voice. They have shown a lot of character,” he concluded.

Source: Cricket News – CricTracker


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