Just after ten days from now, India will face Australia down under in an epic Border-Gavaskar series, starting from 6th December 2018. After a dominant performance in the T-20 series, the unlucky Indian side might have not won the series but certainly made their intentions clear that they aren’t going to make it any easier for Australia this time around.
Having said that, it would not be unfair to say that Virat Kohli’s contribution to the side would be immensely important to tackle the extremely ferocious Australian bowling line-up upfront. And much to everyone’s expectations, Virat would be looking to create similar impact he made in the 2014 series. Perhaps, India also would be aware of their batting woes they showcased in the recent test series against England and South Africa and thus, the other batsmen need to come good this time to win the series against the Aussies.
Australia’s former wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist opines that Virat will be the key man for India, however, he believes that other batsmen also need to step up in order to win the series.
"Going ahead into the Test series, I expect Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing like he did in 2014 (694 runs in 4 Tests at average 86.50). I have spoken with him these last few days, seen his confidence, and seeing the way he batted in Sydney, I will be very surprised if he doesn't," Gilchrist said on Monday.
"The key for India winning this series though will be batsmen around him. Will they support him enough to allow India to get enough runs, and give their good bowling attack enough opportunity to defend or even bowl Australia twice in a Test?" he added.
Looking at the team combination ahead of the series while India, barring one or two slots, looked quite settled, Australia on the other hand still have a lot to worry when it comes to their batting. Adam Gilchrist suggests that between the two sides, India start as favourite owing to their team combination.
"India start as favourites for this Test series mainly because they have a reasonable idea of their team composition. They have a strong understanding of what combination they want to play with. I think India have a stable Test team. Whereas if you look at Australia, I don't think their selectors are quite sure about the line-up or team balance. This is a new phase for Australian cricket." He said.
Perhaps, in the end, it all boils down to how India performs this time on the Australian turf. Let’s hope India emerge triumph and register their first victory down-under.