Zaheer Khan explains why India will face ‘stiffer competitors’ from Australia than earlier tour – cricket


When India toured Australia the final time round, for the primary time, they returned house having not misplaced a sequence Down Beneath. Apart from their historic triumph within the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India took the ODI sequence 2-1 and drew the T20I leg 1-1. Nonetheless, this time across the problem at hand can be stiffer for India, reckons former quick bowler Zaheer Khan, within the presence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who couldn’t be a part of the earlier sequence resulting from their respective bans.

“Now with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the Australian facet, the Indian group is unquestionably going to face a stiffer competitors than their earlier tour Down Beneath,” the previous India quick bowler stated in a launch issued by official broadcasters of the sequence, Sony Footage Sports activities Community.

“There are not any favourites going into the sequence as each the edges have high quality batting and bowling line-up of their squad and that’s what will make the upcoming tour fascinating and thrilling to look at.”

The rivalry between India and Australia has been historically billed as a battle between India’s batsmen and Australia’s bowlers, however with each groups boasting an distinctive bowling inventory, Zaheer believes that’s the realm the place the sequence may very well be determined. Australia’s assault contains a red-hot Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc as quick bowlers whereas Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson are the 2 spinners within the squad. India, then again have the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini who’re well-equipped to take 20 wickets in a match.

“The Australian pitches have all the time had good bounce and tempo, so I feel the realm which can resolve the ODIs, T20Is and Checks would be the bowlers and the way effectively the group bowls as a unit to limit the opponent to a decrease whole on the scoreboard,” stated Zaheer, who was a part of the 2011 World Cup successful Indian group.

“When somebody talks concerning the prime line bowlers on the planet proper now, the names of the gamers that come to our thoughts will all be on the pitch on this sequence.”

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