India will win Test series in Australia 3-0: Sunil Gavaskar to India Today

first_imgHistory has it that in over seven decades since India made their first tour Down Under, they have never been able to win a Test series in Australia. But that piece of history is about to change if Sunil Gavaskar is to be believed.”India should win this series and by a 3-0 margin. Melbourne Test may end up in a draw because of rain and that’s what I feel,” Gavaskar told India Today.The former India skipper, who is the first overseas batsman to score at least a century at each of the venues in Australia, is confident of India’s chances in the four-Test series that begins in Adelaide on Thursday.His optimism is not on the basis of the quality of this Indian team but also because of the state in which the Australian team finds itself in. The curator at the Adelaide has already announced that there will be a fair bit of grass cover for the series opener, but will that affect the Indians?”If there is grass on the pitch and if Australia elect to bat first, Indian bowlers are well capable of exploiting the conditions. They (Indian batsmen) have played in South Africa and England, where they had encountered bouncy and swinging conditions. So, hopefully, the Indian batsmen will use that experience and come good in Australia this time,” noted Gavaskar.”Surely, this is Australia’s weakest batting line-up that I have seen as it lacks experience. Aaron Finch was recently batting at the fifth position for Victoria, so it will be difficult for him to adjust to opening position suddenly. The other opener Marcus Harris would be nervous playing his first Test and then Usman Khawaja is coming back from an injury. So it will be tough for them.”advertisementGavaskar feels that India should go in with two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Ashwin for the series opener, and if a choice has to be made between the two, the chinaman should get the nod.”I will go with Kuldeep Yadav and Ashwin in the playing XI for the opening Test with three fast bowlers. If I have to pick just one spinner, then it has to be Kuldeep because the Australians were not able to read him in the T20I series that India just played. He brings that novelty factor as the Aussies haven’t played him much,” reckons Gavaskar, one of the greatest of all time.Although Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari both do not figure in Gavaskar’s playing XI for the opening Test, if a choice has to be made, the former India skipper would pick Vihari.”Rohit was dropped for the one-off Afghanistan Test and since then he hasn’t played red-ball cricket. So it is difficult for him to get back into the playing XI. If there has to be someone, it has to be Hanuma Vihari, because he scored a fifty in his last Test match. So what wrong has he done to not deserve a place in the XI?”Mitchell Starc is being touted as the most potent weapon in Australia’s bowling arsenal, but Gavaskar has put his money on Josh Hazlewood. “Hazlewood would be more dangerous [than Starc] because he is a McGrath-like bowler, who will tease you with his line and length. He will not give you those boundary balls, which releases pressure on the batsman. I think Hazlewood would be more dangerous than Starc,” feels the batting genius.Also Read | Bowlers give India their greatest hope of beating Australia: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Ricky Ponting suggests hostility to rattle Virat Kohli in Test seriesAlso Read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inlast_img read more