Shane Warne, Australian legendary spinner is of the opinion that the hosts Australia will win the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 against India who will be without their regular captain Virat Kohli in last 3 tests after the conclusion of the first Test in Adelaide.
Shane Warne said that the current Indian team is one of the best sides in the world cricket but Australia will have the edge in home conditions as they will welcome back David Warner and Steve Smith both of whom were notable absentees in previous 2-1 series loss to India.
Shane Warne: India Deserved To Win 2018-19 Series Because Of Being Better Team
India made history by winning their first Test series on Australian soil in 2018-19. However, the hosts were then without their star batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith, who were serving one-year bans for their involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering incident.
“India deserved to win that series a couple of years ago because they were the better team. Virat Kohli, probably the biggest superstar in cricket at the moment, said Test cricket is the most important format of the game,” Shane Warne told Sports Tak.
“Huge congratulations to the BCCI, the way they have stuck to their first-class cricket. Players are actually going back to first-class cricket, they have to make runs, get selected.”
“I reckon in the time I played India, it was more ODI cricket, there was no T20 obviously. India have now become one of the best sides in the world if not the best in the Test match arena. I think the IPL has helped,” Warne added.
IPL started in 2008 featuring 8 franchises and has seen several promising talents to debut in IPL first and then play for the country. Virat Kohli himself is one of them. Other notable cricketers include spinners Yuzvendra Chahal, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
The latest addition is pacer T Natarajan who was the leading wicket-taker in T20I series with 6 wickets after a splendid performance in IPL 2020 taking 16 scalps in as many games for SunRisers Hyderabad.
Shane Warne: India Are Producing Lots Of Fast Bowlers
India have a strong and potent pace attack in tests with Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini are other notable backup options for test series while it will be seen if the team miss services of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar both of whom are injured and not in the test squad.
“All the international fast bowlers coming to play IPL, terrific young batsmen from India facing the quality international fast bowlers. India are producing lots of fast bowlers. I am thoroughly looking for this series.”
“Who do I think will win? I think Australia will win in these home conditions. My head sort of says India, my heart says Australia. But I think with Virat Kohli playing only that first Test match, Australia might have a bit too much firepower. I will say 2-1 to Australia,” Warne opined.
Virat Kohli will head back after playing the first Test against Australia to attend the birth of his first child with his wife Anushka Sharma. Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the remaining last three Tests as stand-in captain.