After BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, reportedly, asked Virat Kohli to win the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Gautam Gambhir has backed the Indian Captain and team to defend the trophy. India tour of Australia will start from 3rdDecember, with the teams taking on each other in the first Test at The Gabba, Brisbane. The tour this time will include 4- Test Matches and three ODIs.
Indian team, under the captaincy of Kohli, won the historic series when they toured down under last time in 2018-19. The Indian team not only comprehensively won the Test series but also broke the myth of being a bad touring team. Although Australia played their second-string team without Steven Smith and David Warner, two of their batting powerhouses but it was a clinical victory from team India as they won their first Test series by 2-1 down under in 70 years.
But this year, things won’t be that easy as Australia will boast of the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith. The fabulous duo, after serving a ban of 1 year, returned to the international cricket just before the World Cup 2019. Apart from the duo the likes of Marnus Labuschagne under the coaching of Justin Langer will pose a serious challenge in front of the Indian bowlers.
However, Gautam Gambhir is confident of Indian bowler coming out on top and thinks that team India will again come victorious in the series. “India has the fast bowlers to challenge any team in any conditions. I am sure with success on the last tour of Australia in the bag, if we go to Australia, we will be a serious challenge to the hosts,” said Gambhir as quoted by TOI.
But for all that to happen, the Indian and Australian teams must return to the field amid the CoViD-19 outbreak. The fate of the series will also depend on the World T20 2020, which is scheduled just prior to the series. ICC has not taken any decision on the future of tournament as of now, but its highly likely that the mega tournament will get postponed.
Gautam Gambhir also thinks that ICC must talk to every board member before taking any call on the ICC tournament. “Look, these decisions are not easy to make. It has to be a well-thought-out call. I am sure ICC will clarify their stand sooner or later. It is important they take everyone else in confidence,” the 38-year-old added.