Former India pacer, Rudra Pratap Singh, commonly known as RP Singh has precited the Indian team as the winners in all the three formats bilateral series against Australia. In fact, Singh believes that the men in blue will comfortably win the ODI and T20I series.
Australia will host India for six white-ball games and four Test matches. The 3-match ODI series commences on 27th November followed by 3 T20Is.
The highly-anticipated Border-Gavaskar series will begin on 17th December with a day-night Test in Adelaide followed by the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, New Year’s Test in Sydney, and the last Test match in Australia’s fortress, Brisbane.
India is a much better-balanced team: RP Singh
RP Singh doesn’t give any chance to Aaron Finch’s team in a couple of limited-overs series against Virat Kohli‘s blue brigade. He opined that the Indian team is playing outstanding white-ball cricket, and is well ahead of the Aussies. However, Singh believes that the Test series will be a close contest as with tougher format and conditions, comes different challenges.
Speaking to the news agency, IANS, RP Singh said, “In T20Is and ODIs, I don’t think there is a probability of Australia winning. Our team is doing very well, and we are far ahead of Australia in these two formats. But India will get a fight in the Test series. It is a different format and we will have to work hard and differently.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator feels that India’s chances of winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy again are higher than the hosts. He says that while both the teams have equal high-quality pacers, Kohli’s team has a better batting potency than that of Tim Paine.
The 34-year-old reckons Indian pacers; Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and the youngsters like Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini will surprise the Aussie batters. RP Singh, who was part of the team which defeated Ricky Ponting’s team at Perth in 2008, understands that the Indian team is a better-balanced team than Australia.
“The chances of India winning are higher than Australia’s, but it will be an equal fight. I think the bowling departments of both teams are equal, as Australia have pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. But I think India has the upper hand in the batting department.
“Our bowling department, including Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, is very good and it will surely surprise the Australians. Even our bench is very good. And if you look at the team balance, India is a much better-balanced team,” RP Singh added.