There is a lot of anticipation around India’s tour Down Under later this year, where Virat Kohli and company will face Australia in four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.
Just like the fans, former India opener Gautam Gambhir is particularly excited for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, slated to begin on December 3 at the Gabba.
As per Gambhir, India has the bowling attack to dismantle the Australian batting line-up including Steve Smith and David Warner.
Notably, Smith and Warner were not part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19, which India won by defeating Australia 2-1 in their own den. The pair was serving 12-month bans for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
“Because India has got the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting line-up even with David Warner and Steve Smith, but yeah, it’s going to be a different challenge than what it was last time around,” Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“So, you would want Virat Kohli to fire plus the bowlers as well because it’s the bowlers that will win you the Test matches,” he added.
In the last tour, the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma took 48 wickets between them as India defeated Australia in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Gambhir, however, feels this time it will be a different challenge for the visitors.
“Whether it was his (Kohli’s) first tour, whether it was second tour, this time around, obviously, he (Kohli) would be gearing up for it because it’s going to be a different challenge with David Warner and Steve Smith coming back into the Australian Test line-up,” he said.