Former left-arm pace bowler of India, Zaheer Khan has said that bowlers will decide the fate in the upcoming series between India and Australia as both the teams have some of the world’s best pace bowlers in their squads. Meanwhile, the Indian team is currently in Sydney, undergoing the 14-day mandatory period where they will play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. The tour will begin with the ODIs from November 27.
While India have the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami etc., Australia are no less as they have Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who makes a formidable bowling attack as well.
“The Australian pitches have always had good bounce and pace, so I think the area which will decide the ODIs, T20Is and Tests will be the bowlers and how well the team bowls as a unit to restrict the opponent to a lower total on the scoreboard,” said Zaheer. “When someone talks about the top line bowlers in the world right now, the names of the players that come to our mind will all be on the pitch in this series.”
Zaheer also said that India are set to take on a strong Australia side where both Steve Smith and David Warner will be featured. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in their last Test series during 2018-19 season in the absence of Warner and Smith, as they both were serving a year-long ban due to their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal.
“Now with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the Australian side, the Indian team is definitely going to face a stiffer competition than their previous tour Down Under,” former India speedster said in a release issued by official broadcasters of the series, Sony Pictures Sports Network. “There are no favourites going into the series as both the sides have quality batting and bowling line-up in their squad and that is what will make the upcoming tour interesting and exciting to watch.”
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