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Nav is the founder of Infinity Cricket, having run cricket events since 2011 with a vision of ‘connecting people through cricket.’ Players have included the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Solomon Mire & Clive Rose over the years. Dean Jones has previously launched the event. Nav plays cricket for Randwick Petersham in Sydney, is a keen cricket writer, has strong interest in Australia-India relations and was also a Commonwealth Games Ambassador in 2018. He currently manages Groupon's National brand partnerships across Australia & New Zealand working with leading brands such as Woolworths, eBay, Vodafone, Uber & Chemist Warehouse.

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Cricket is much more mind than just technique! Belief alone won’t guarantee results, but without it – a team won’t grow and will not achieve their potential. The belief needs to be collective and drive the side forward. But belief can only become stronger if they are vindicated and that requires action, execution and achievement. What India had was belief right through their tours of SA & Eng, but despite series losses it didn’t waver. The value of belief is in the players’ mindset.

You are right in what you say about Pujara, but there were several key success factors. Pujara was prepared to look ugly if required but bat long periods of time to grind out the opposition, because he believed he could be more patient than Australia’s bowlers. Bumrah and the bowlers read the conditions well and executed solid game plans to each of Australia’s batsmen. It was evident they too had strong beliefs in their ability to execute.

The beauty of having belief is that it doesn’t always go your way – but a side with no belief or lacking it is defeated even before a ball is bowled.

Why belief was the key to India’s Test series triumph

Agree – the Australian team selections have been a bit perplexing. Defense can also be used as an attacking weapon as Pujara has shown! I don’t agree with the recent sentiment in Australia that T20 & short form cricket is eroding the quality of cricket being played at the Shield or test level. I think the current Australian model and selection process needs some tweaking. Just look at India – apart from Pujara, everyone else has an IPL contract and most also play in ODIs / T20s as well. Yet the Indian team is #1 in Tests.

Four key moments from Day 1, fourth Test - India v Australia

Thanks Baz! Glad you liked it, much appreciated 🙂

Four key moments from Day 1, fourth Test - India v Australia

Agree with your views on KL Rahul. I believe he is a class player, but mentally out of sorts currently. In any case, going forward with Prithvi Shaw returning, I’d expect Mayank Agarwal to retain his place as the 2nd opener. As for Kuldeep – well, he has justified his selection with a terrific display of wrist spin bowling! The weather will ultimately be the difference between a 3-1 or a 2-1 scoreline.

Four key moments from Day 1, fourth Test - India v Australia