Team India will be travelling to Australia later in December this year to play the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The series will consist of four test matches, and the first test is scheduled to be played on 3rd of December this year. In the build up to the series, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes that Virat Kohli and company can win the series with the help of their exceptional bowling strength.
He further added that the Men in Blue could cause problems for David Warner and Steve Smith, who are considered the main threat when it comes to taking the game away.
The last series in Australia which was played in 2018-2019 was won by India and it also meant that Team India had won a Test series in Australia after over 70 years. Though, it is to be noted that the Baggy Greens were playing a second string team, with the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner who were serving an one-year ban for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal that took place in Newlands in March of 2018.
"Indian cricket team has the pacers to challenge any team in any conditions. I am certain with progress on the last visit through Australia taken care of, on the off chance that we go to Australia, we will be a serious threat to the hosts," Gautam Gambhir expressed in a meeting with Times of India.
The 38-year also shared his views on the ICC T20 World Cup, he said that it is not easy for ICC to make a decision for such a big tournament and all the factors should be considered before they make a final decision, which inturn will take some time. Once they have a better reading of the situation of the Pandemic in Australia they will give us a clearer picture.
“Look, these decisions are not easy to make as we say it is. It has to be a well-thought-out call. I am sure that ICC will clarify their stand sooner or later. It is important they take everyone else in confidence,” Gautam Gambhir added.
The series is slated to be held from 3rd December to 7th January. With the second test that begins on 11th December to be played as a Day/Night match. This will be Team India’s first Day/Night Test match in Australian soil.
The cases have been rising in Australia since the last few weeks and the Melbourne government has enforced a complete lockdown. With this, the hopes of T20 World Cup has almost come to nil. Will the Border-Gavaskar Trophy go ahead as planned? Only time can answer.
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