Indian batsmen will always struggle against the swinging ball: Ricky Ponting

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that Indian batsmen will struggle to deal with the moving ball during their tour of Australia later in the year.Indian batsmen struggled to deal with the swing under overcast conditions in England and failed to chase down small totals on two occasions at Edgbaston and the Rose Bowl. Barring, Virat Kohli, none of the Indian batsmen could score over 300 runs in the five-match Test series, that India lost 1-4.And Ponting feels that the moment the ball starts swinging in the air, the Indian batsmen will meet the same fate as they did in England.”If the ball does swing around a lot or seam around a lot then I think India will find it difficult in Australia. I think any time we saw India struggle through the England series was when the ball moved. As soon as the ball started to move in the air, or seam, the Indian batsmen will always struggle,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.India have not won a Test series in Australia till now and lost their last two series Down Under 0-2 and 0-4 in 2014-15 and 2011-12 respectively.Ponting however, said that most of the teams struggle away from home and Australia is no different.”It’s no different to when Australia go to the subcontinent and the ball spins from day one. We always struggle with that as well,” Ponting said.”It’s a 22-yard strip and you’ve got to find a way to get the job done. Most teams find it difficult (to win in Australia) and that’s the way Test cricket has been for a long time. I think South Africa are the team over the last 10 or 15 years that have been able to do it more than anyone else,” he added.advertisementIndia will next tour Australia for three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs towards the end of this year and early next year.Kohli’s men will start the tour with a T20I on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane. India’s last match will be a ODI at the MCG on January 18.last_img read more