Australia’s poor showings and terrible catching in its World Cup 2023 losses to South Africa and India have drawn criticism from Aakash Chopra.
In Chennai, Pat Cummins and company lost by six wickets to the Men in Blue in the tournament’s opening match. The Proteas destroyed the Australians by 134 runs on Thursday, October 12, in Lucknow. As a result, the Aussies are currently ranked penultimate in the points standings.
The five-time champions have given performances that aren’t typically associated with Australia, according to a video that Chopra posted on his YouTube channel. He clarified:
“I have started getting slightly worried about Australia’s situation because you couldn’t play spin in Chennai, couldn’t play pace in Lucknow and you are unable to hold catches. Mitchell Marsh dropped Virat Kohli’s catch and after that you dropped six South African catches.”
The former India opener added:
“Who drops so many catches? Is this Australia only? We didn’t think this team would become so ordinary. The situation has turned from bad to worse. You have lost to both India and South Africa. It seems like Australia’s form has not come out of immigration at all.”
In Thursday’s match against South Africa, Australia let up six catches, several of which were complete sitters, and allowed the opposition to score 311/7, which was above par. They were bowled out for 177, and with the exception of Marnus Labuschagne (46), none of their top hitters could even muster 20 runs.