With India gearing up to take on Australia in the four-match Test series beginning on the 17th of December, former Indian greats Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble have revealed their predictions. India and Australia will lock horns in an enticing four-match Test series and it undoubtedly promises to be a high-voltage encounter. Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble both have made comparatively similar predictions for the leg.
The Test series between India and Australia will be more hard-fought, considering both sides have won an equal number of games so far. Australia beat India in the three-match ODI series convincingly by 2-1. However, the men in blue bounced back by winning the T20I series with the same scoreline. Moreover, with the Baggy Greens losing the Test series in 2018-19, they would be keener than ever to avenge the defeat.
Rahul Dravid opines that Indian bowlers would be able to get 20 wickets; however, doubts the batsmen’s ability to score 500 runs to back it up. Dravid added that if the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner – one of them get to 500 runs, they will end up having the edge.
“I think we will be able to get 20 wickets over five days. [But] will we get a batsman who will get 500-plus runs for us in the series [or not] might define it; if we can get that, then we give ourselves a great chance. If one of Smith and Warner, who missed the last series, get that, then they [Australia] probably will have the edge,” Dravid told ESPN Cricinfo.
Anil Kumble expects the absence of Virat Kohli to be a big factor:
Former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble feels that Australia having David Warner and Steve Smith along with the visitors not having Virat Kohli for the last three Tests would be a decisive factor. At the same time, Anil Kumble backs India’s bench strength, believing they have enough ability to perform in his absence.
“Although with [Steven] Smith and [David] Warner coming back [after their ball-tampering bans the last time] and then Virat [Kohli] missing the three-Test matches will obviously be a big factor for India. But having said that, there’s enough ability within the team, be it batting or bowling,” the 132-Test veteran added.