As the much-anticipated Border Gavaskar series approaches, speculations regarding the result of the big clash between India and Australia keep flooding in. Indian captain Virat Kohli‘s paternal leave has put the Aussies on the driving seat even before the series. And former India skipper Kapil Dev feels that the Indian batters might not be able to put up a fight Down Under.
Kohli will be returning home after the conclusion of the first Test in Adelaide for the birth of their first child. The Indian skipper had led India to their first Test series win in Australia as they became the first Asian team to overpower the hosts at home. But in his absence, India is left with not much hope as they take on a full strength Australia squad to retain the Border Gavaskar trophy.
India’s fate lies with the batsmen
The World Cup winning captain feels that the onus of upholding the side will fall on the batsmen this series. Kapil explains that India’s bowling lineup is as strong as it gets so everything will depend on how the batsmen step up in Kohli’s absence. Cheteshwar Pujara will play a pivotal role in the series who top-scored in India’s last visit Down Under with his 521 runs from four matches.
“Let me put it differently. Looking at our pace attack, it will be about the batsmen. We’re not sure our batsmen will score 400 runs (in an innings). If our batsmen don’t struggle, we won’t have any problem,” said Kapil during an interaction at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020.
India will be playing 3 ODIs, as many T20Is and 4 Tests against Australia with the tour set to commence with first ODI on November 27th in Sydney.