The captain of 2015 world Cup-winning Australian team mate Michael Clarke reckons that team India in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar trophy will get in the trouble in the absence of Virat Kohli when they will play the test series against the most complete Australian team in the recent years of cricket.
The captain of team India Virat Kohli will only be the part of limited-overs cricket and T20Is games in the upcoming series. If team India is looking to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy there performance in the white-ball cricket matters the most from which they will get the much needed momentum to play the test series on the Australian soil as most of the Indian players on the tour are young.
Apart from the white-ball cricket games on the tour, Virat Kohli will only play first test match at Adelaide and on the paternal leave after. Clarke says it will be even more for difficult for team India in the absence of Virat Kohli to defend the trophy if the momentum is not with them after the limited-overs cricket on the tour.
“These one-dayers and these Twenty20s is where Virat Kohli can really stand up and lead from the front. I think the tone he sets with this team will play a big role when he leaves, after the first Test match.”
“If India don‘t have success in the one-dayers and the T20s, they are in deep trouble in the Test matches and they’ll get smoked 4-0, in my opinion.”
Jasprit Bumrah will be the only positive sign on the series for Team India – Michael Clarke
Apart from the batting line-up in team India for the upcoming series if there is another factor which can turn this rivalry more interesting then it would be Jasprit Bumrah who can be the match-winner if he gets support from other bowlers. Michael Clarke further added, even in the recent times’ players like Steve Smith not look comfortable against the pace, bounce and swing of Jasprit Bumrah which gives brief look about his bowling skills.
“He‘s quick, he’s got a really different action, so I think he needs to set the tone and be really aggressive to the Australian batters. Even to someone like Steve Smith, he’s got to use that short ball consistently and regularly, as Jofra Archer did to Steve Smith in the Ashes.”
“They’ve got to take the Aussies on and those two players are India’s best two players to be aggressive to the Australians.”
On the upcoming tour team, India will play two 3-day tour matches from 6-8 December and 11-13 December (this will be the day and night game) before the start of test series from the 17th December (first test match will also be day and night game) with last test match starts from 15-19 January 2021. The captain for the remaining three test matches maybe Ajinkya Rahane after Virat Kohli leave.