Australia vs India: Allan Border Names The Indian Player Who Could Make A Difference In The Series

Australia vs India: Allan Border Names The Indian Player Who Could Make A Difference In The Series

Allan Border and Virat Kohli [Photo-AP]

Former Australia captain Allan Border believes a fully fit Jasprit Bumrah will be the key to India’s chances in the upcoming four-match Test series in Australia. India are eyeing a record third Border-Gavaskar Trophy win on the trot. The Virat Kohli-led side had won the last two editions of the series by a similar margin of 2-1.

The second triumph came in Australia during the 2018/19 season. It was India’s first-ever Test series win on the Australian soil and Jasprit Bumrah had played a key role in the triumph. The India pace spearhead had finished the series as the joint highest wicket-taker, taking a remarkable 21 wickets including a five-wicket haul at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Credits: BCCI

And Allan Border believes Jasprit Bumrah will have to deliver a similar performance if India are eyeing another series win in Australia. Calling himself a big fan of the India pace spearhead, Allan Border said Bumrah has the potential to make a difference between the two sides .

“Well I am a huge fan of Bumrah. If he keeps himself fit. We are talking of a guy who can win games for you fellows. I worry about him because on our pitches you get a little bit of bounce and sideways movement,” said Allan Border.

“For India to win, I am worried about Bumrah. If he fires up like he did last time, get important wickets, ruffle a few feathers with the ball, I reckon he could be the real difference.

“You always think that your batting line-up will get enough runs, you need the 20 wickets to win the Test. If he stays fit, he is the one who is going to be a key. He (Bumrah) is a ripper. Just the way he plays his cricket, always has smile on his face. Lethal when he gets his rhythm going,” added Allan Border.

Tim Paine, Virat Kohli
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

The four-match series gets underway on December 17 with the historic day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval. It will be the first-ever day-night Test between the two teams.

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