In what can only be seen as a much needed positive development for the World of Cricket and millions of cricket fans, Kevin Roberts, the Cricket Australia boss, has given it a 90% chance for India’s tour of Australia going ahead. Whilst, the T20 World Cup in the same country in October-November looks a distant possibility due to the logistical nightmare of letting squads come from 16 different countries, the Indo-Aus series is a much easier task to pull off.
On its last tour of Australia in 2018/19, India became the first Asian country to win a Test series Down Under and knowing the Australian sporting ego, they will be raring to get back at India and prove a point. There are 3 very big reasons why Australia will back themselves to get back the Border-Gavaskar trophy and they are, Steve Smith, David Warner and last year’s sensation Marnus Labuschagne.
Australia’s bowling line-up will pretty much have the same look about it and would continue to remain a potent line up. India and it’s captain Virat Kohli on the other hand will also be willing to prove a point, that the New Zealand tour was an aberration. It’s not like Kohli led India haven’t lost other series like the one in England and South Africa, but they were in the game in most matches on those tours, unlike in New Zealand.
They would however be focussing on the positives and would like to repeat the good habits that led them to beat Australia in Australia. One of the biggest reason for that was Cheteshwar Pujara, who stood there like a rock and made the Aussie quicks work doubly hard, which helped India by the latter stages of the series.
Keeping that in mind, the numero uno test bowler, Pat Cummins, has said that they have to work out a way of outlasting the Saurashtara batsman. “Cheteshwar Pujara is one of those players that’ll take his time, he’s in his own little bubble and he doesn’t get disturbed by too much. We’ve got to find a way to outlast him, if he bats the way he did last time,” Cummins stated recently.