India has the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting unit even with the presence of opener David Warner and former captain Marnus Labuschagne, who believes former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir.
India are set to lock horns with Australia when they travel Down Under for a full-fledged tour, the major attraction of which will undoubtedly be the four-match Test series.
India scripted history when they became the first Asian team to win a Test series on Australian soil during their last visit two winters ago.
Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara, one of the major reasons behind India winning that series was their troika of fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah [21 wickets], Mohammed Shami [16 wickets] and Ishant Sharma [11 wickets], who outbowled their famed Aussie counterparts in Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
Can India rattle the Australian batting this time around? Gautam Gambhir thinks so
But that Australian team was without their two main batsmen in David Warner and Steve Smith, both of whom were serving a 12-month ban.
The presence of Warner and Smith and a rejuvenated Marnus Labuschagne, who is a different batsman compared to what Indian bowlers encountered in the last series, will provide the trio a stiff challenge. However, Gambhir has still backed the pace battery to rule the roost against the Aussies.
“India has got the bowling attack to rattle the Australian batting line-up even with David Warner and Steve Smith, but yeah, it’s going to be a different challenge than what it was last time around, so you would want Virat Kohli to fire plus the bowlers as well because it’s the bowlers that will win you the Test matches,” Gautam Gambhir was quoted as saying in Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
Gambhir, who was part of the team that was whitewashed 0-4 by Australia during the 2011-12 series, reckoned that the upcoming Australian tour will provide a different challenge to Virat Kohli’s men.
“Whether it was his (Kohli’s) first tour, whether it was the second tour, this time around, obviously, he (Kohli) would be gearing up for it because it’s going to be a different challenge with David Warner and Steve Smith coming back into the Australian Test line-up,”
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will kickstart at the Gabba in Brisbane from December 03. The second Test will be a day-night affair at the Adelaide Oval followed by the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.