Former Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar admitted that the men in blue could potentially do very well in Australia. Gavaskar pointed out that Australia’s inexperience in the squad would be a direct advantage to India. India too have an inexperienced unit but the situation is more derelict for Australia. Gavaskar said that the absence of the two left arm pacers in Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson would benefit the Indian batsmen.
“The two Mitchells — Johnson and Starc, who have been such an integral part of the team are not there, which makes Australia’s new-ball attack inexperienced. If the Indian team can get off to a good start, they will not be easy to beat. The first two matches will be important as you need a good start,” Gavaskar said. Gavaskar also added that the absence of Shane Watson was a blow to Australia. “This is not the same side that won the World Cup. There is no Michael Clarke, there is no Watson. But once Aussies get a sniff, they are a difficult team to beat.”
The legendary opener backed rookie pacer Barinder Sran to do well Down Under. “The new man from Punjab has impressed in the two games. Also Bhuvneshwar Kumar has just arrived in Australia and would be feeling jet-lagged after a long flight. Also the fact that Sran is a left-armer is an advantage as it helps to create an angle. If he could use the ‘Freemantle Doctor’ that blows during the afternoon in Perth, it is known to help swing bowlers,” he said.
“I haven’t seen much of Gurkeerat but he has been there in the team before Pandey But Pandey, despite being dubbed as a T20 specialist, has an outstanding record in one day cricket (List A). Also he is a brilliant fielder. So it will be a touch and go case between the two,” Gavaskar concluded.