MUMBAI: Former left-arm pacer Zaheer Khan believes bowlers will decide the fate of this summer season’s India-Australia contest as each the groups boast of some of the world’s best bowlers of their squads.
The Indian cricket staff is at the moment in Australia for a full collection that features three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals adopted by a four-Test rubber. The tour will begin with the ODIs right here on November 27.
With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, to call a number of, up their ranks, each India and Australia have formidable bowling assaults.
“The Australian pitches have always had good bounce and pace, so I think the area which will decide the ODIs, T20Is and Tests will be the bowlers and how well the team bowls as a unit to restrict the opponent to a lower total on the scoreboard,” stated Zaheer, who was half of the 2011 World Cup profitable Indian staff.
“When someone talks about the top line bowlers in the world right now, the names of the players that come to our mind will all be on the pitch in this series,” he added.
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Zaheer additionally stated that India are set to face a stern take a look at in Australia this summer season as a result of presence of Steve Smith and David Warner.
India had defeated Australia 2-1 of their final Test collection Down Under in 2018-19 within the absence of Warner and Smith, as each the gamers had been serving an yr-lengthy ban for the notorious ball tampering scandal.
“Now with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the Australian side, the Indian team is definitely going to face a stiffer competition than their previous tour Down Under,” the previous India quick bowler stated in a launch issued by official broadcasters of the collection, Sony Pictures Sports Network.
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“There are no favourites going into the series as both the sides have quality batting and bowling line-up in their squad and that is what will make the upcoming tour interesting and exciting to watch.”
Zaheer’s ideas had been echoed by Australian tempo legend Glenn McGrath, who additionally feels that the Virat Kohli-led facet will face a tricky competitors this time round.
“The Indian cricket team will face a much tougher Australian team now that Smith and Warner are back but the Indian team is equally strong and have an aggressive mentality and determination to win the series,” stated McGrath, who has staggering 563 Test wickets.
“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.”
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar too feels the identical.
“Australia’s Test team will be stronger than it was on India’s previous tour. The experience of Smith and Warner will add muscle to the Aussie side but I believe India’s bowling attack is ready to have their names carved in the history of Indian cricket by winning a consecutive series Down Under,” he stated.
Sony on Friday additionally introduced the return of its present ‘Extraaa Innings’, which will characteristic former gamers like McGrath, Manjrekar, Ajay Jadeja, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer, Nick Knight, Mohammad Kaif, Murali Karthik, Vivek Razdan, Ajit Agarkar and Vijay Dahiya other than Harsha Bhogle, Arjun Pandit and Erin Holland.