Sunil Gavaskar believes that Indian Cricket Team has a great chance to make history by winning their first-ever Test Series in Australia on the back of a “tremendous bowling attack”.
India has never won a Test series in Australia and former captain Gavaskar believes that Virat Kohli and his brigade can do wonders this time, saying they have a great bowling attack, which gives the Men in Blue a real chance of winning their maiden Test Series Down Under.
So far, India has played 11 Test series in Australia but never won a single series, having drawn three series in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04.
Gavaskar told India Today on Thursday, “India has a tremendous bowling attack and that gives us our greatest hope of beating Australia this time - England and South Africa, they took plenty of wickets. Our bowlers are going to be the ones who are going to win us the matches...350 runs are what I would want the Indian batsmen to do - that gives our bowlers the chance to wrap up things for us.”
Meanwhile, the cricket pundit further went on to opine that India should go with six batsmen against Australia and also backed Murali Vijay to open innings with Prithvi Shaw in the Test series.
He further commented, “I want India to go in with six batsmen. For the first couple of matches, India's batting always needs some back-up. Whether it is Murali Vijay or KL Rahul, that is going to be a tricky thing. I will pick Vijay because of his greater experience and the way he played in Australia in 2014. He got a hundred at the Gabba - he may get in just ahead of KL Rahul.”
On spin department, Gavaskar opined, “I will go in with both spinners - Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin, Pant at six and Ashwin at 7. Clearly, Pant is in form - six batsmen. Bhuvneshwar at 8, and then Kuldeep, Mohammad Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah.”
Gavaskar signed off by saying, “He is certainly giving the selection committee some headache unless he replaces either Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane. If you are going to take a chance and say let's have Rohit Sharma at 3, otherwise, I don't know where he fits in.”
(With India Today Inputs)