Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh believes Virat Kohli-led team India has a “significant chance” of winning their first ever Test series against Oz team in Down Under. India will play the four-match Test series against Australia starting on Thursday, December 6. The opening match of the series will be played at the Oval, Adelaide.
“I will see this as a significant chance and they would have prepared for this tour for a long time, I think it’s going to be a really close series,” Waugh was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Rival skipper Virat Kohli is expected to be the biggest threat to Oz bowlers as Tim Paine-led Australia will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home against India.
When Waugh was asked about how to stop Virat Kohli, Waugh said, “He is a great player and loves the big moment, a bit like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these big series and that’s where they want to show their best. So who is the dangerman for Australia? They have got some really good batsmen, they have got a very good all-round team.”
Adam Gilchrist, former Aussie wicket-keeper batsman, also feels India will bank on Virat Kohli to get runs.
“Virat is clearly the best player in the world at the moment. So India will look to him to score heavily but all are going to have their challenges and as too will the Australian batting line-up,” Gilchrist said.
“I think Pat Cummins is outstanding, Hazlewood is almost McGrath like with his bowling. Those three guys and there are couple in the wings who are high-quality fast bowlers,” he added.