Former Australian fast bowler, Jason Gillespie has predicted for the hosts to win the upcoming Test series against India, who are likely to be without the services of pacers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Ishant Sharma is nursing an abdominal muscle tear which he suffered in the IPL playing for the Delhi Capitals. After playing a solitary match for Capitals this season, Sharma was ruled out from the tournament. The selectors have not named him in the Test squad which was announced earlier, as BCCI’s medical team is currently monitoring him. Ishant played a pivotal role in India’s historic Test series victory down under in 2018-19.
India will miss Ishant for his experience in Australia: Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie in an interview as reported by Hindustan Times has predicted Australia to edge out India in the Test series. He believes that Australia will have a big home advantage. Apart from that, India are jolted back as Ishant Sharma is injured and may miss out on the series.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is already ruled out of the tour. Gillespie said although India has brilliant bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, they will miss Sharma for his experience in the Australian conditions.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Jason Gillespie said, “I am predicting Australia to edge out India in this series. I think home advantage is going to be a factor. Besides, it will be a blow with both Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar injured. Bumrah and Shami have been bowling well for India. But, India will miss Ishant for his experience in Australian conditions.”
The former Aussie has worked with Sharma in his time in the county season and understands his bowling really well and has helped the Indian pacer grow a lot. Gillespie praised Ishant for his performances in the past few years. He talked about Ishant’s strengths; how Ishant jags the ball into right-handers and across left-handers which is a difficult angle for the batter to face.
“He has been bowling beautifully in the last few years. You only have to look at his results to show why he has performed so well. He also brings a subtle difference to the bowling attack. It’s not often that a right-arm seam bowler comes wide of the crease and bowls inswingers to right-hand batsmen and across left-handers.
It’s not a common angle for batsmen to face. You normally have right-arm bowlers looking to get close to the stumps and look to swing it away from the right-handers and bowl it into the left-hander,” he added.
India will travel to Australia post the IPL straight from the UAE. A full-fledged tour is scheduled comprising of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 4 Tests. The limited-overs leg begins on November 27, and the Test series commences on December 17 in Adelaide.