The Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) craze is getting bigger day by day. The 1st Test match is scheduled on 9th February at Nagpur where it promises a cracker of a match. The veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again will have to lead the spin attack against a dangerous-looking Australian lineup.
This Test Series is important for India as they have to win it by 3-0 or 3-1 to stake a claim in the World Test Championship (WTC 2021-23) final. Aussies are almost qualified for WTC where a win would seal their spot. The Men in Blue have the wood over Australia as they have won 3 back-to-back series and have been quite ruthless in all the 3 departments of the game.
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Wasim Jaffer on Australia
Australian Cricket Team has hired Mahesh Pithiya, who has a similar bowling style as India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer took on his social media handle and took a dig at Aussie batters. “First Test is five days away and @ashwinravi99 is already inside Aus head.” said Wasim Jaffer.
Tweet: Wasim Jaffer on 1st Test Match
First Test is five days away and @ashwinravi99 is already inside Aus head 😅 #INDvAUS #BorderGavaskarTrophy https://t.co/H1BNpj3PP8
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 4, 2023
Great Chance for David Warner & Steven Smith
This most probably would be the last Test tour of David Warner. The left handed batter doesn’t have promising record against India in India. The batter recently rediscovered his mojo where he thrashed the mighty South Africans all around the park where he was in a beast mode. The team would be hoping that Usman Khawaja continues to play the role of anchor and bats deep so that the rest of the batters can bat around him.
Steven Smith was in sublime touch las time in 2017 where he was the lone batter who troubled the Indian bowlers. The batter this time would be batting at No.4 position which would be quite tricky. He will have to guide the likes of Travis Head & Alex Carey against spinners where it would be interesting to see whether Travis Head plays fearlessly.
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