Bowlers will decide fate of India-Australia series, feels Zaheer Khan

Ruben Hill
November 22, 2020

India's tour of Australia will kick off with the ODI series from November 27.

The Indian cricket team is now in Australia for a full series that includes three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals followed by a four-Test rubber. "You don't tamper with a player's natural aptitude or temperament", said Gavaskar, who was the first batsman to score 10,000 test runs.

He said, at this time when someone talks about the top level bowlers in the world, all the names that come to our mind will be on the pitch for this series.

The former Indian fast bowler said, now that Steve Smith and David Warner have returned to the Australian team, the Indians will definitely face a much tougher challenge from their previous tour of Australia. However, Manjrekar opined with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, who were not part of the 2018-19 series, Australia will be a better team than they were when India defaated them in 2018-19.

However, he feels there won't be any favourites going into the series as both sides have quality batting and bowling line-up in their squad.

While many lauded the Indian skipper's decision to attend his child birth, others criticised as to how Kohli could leave for the important Test series against Australia. The high-profile Border-Gavaskar Test series will begin on 17th December with a pink-ball day-night Test in Adelaide followed by the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, New Year's Test in Sydney, and the last Test match in Australia's fortress, Brisbane.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar believes the Indian bowling attack is competent enough to help the team register consecutive Test series-win Down Under.

"The current Indian team has got the confidence of playing in Australian conditions now and they know how to do it as they've been successful here in the last tour". The former swing bowler also said that the series will be very exciting this time due to the presence of Smith and Warner and this Test series will not be easy for the Indian team.

When it comes to the Hindi language, the responsibility of commentary has been given to some well-known names like Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Vivek Razdan, Vijay Dahiya, Arjun Pandit* and Zaheer Khan.

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