Though the experts believe that it is the best opportunity for the Indian team to clinch the test series on Australian soil, the kangaroos are unbeatable on their home ground though their recent international records were very disappointing. Some say that India can register one or two test wins in the four-match series but it is tough for them to clinch the Border-Gavaskar tournament.
Most of the experts forget about the fact that in the absence of David Warner and Steven Smith, the Australians are one of the best bowling teams worldwide. Outside the subcontinent, India’s chances to clinch a test series were very low. In the recent past, India’s batting order collapsed drastically in South Africa and India.
Even if Indian bowling seems formidable, there are doubts about the batting order whether they can keep on their splendid performances in the Australian series. Though Indian batsmen have solid batsmen in the top order, the middle order is always a point of worry for the team. Indian pacers picked 132 wickets at an average of 24.18 this year and 61 of them were against England.
There is a myth that one team needs to take 20 wickets to win a test match but without runs on the board, it is impossible. Overdependency on Virat Kohli is a point of contention for many experts to agree on India as the favorite in the current series. Even if Kohli scores well, he needs a good stand from his teammates. A team can reach a score of 300 runs or above only when all the batsmen play consistently.
Chetteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are trusted batsmen on overseas stages but the team needs to resolve the middle muddle at the earliest. Though Pujara did well in the subcontinent, he needs to strive hard to repeat his magic in Australia and Rahane has to regain his form. Rahane scored a memorable hundred along with Virat Kohli in Melbourne in the previous tour. A consistent sixth batsman and a backup wicketkeeper is a need of the hour for the Indian team. The absence of Hardik Pandya is a point of concern for the team.
If the openers lose their wickets earlier, it puts a higher pressure on the middle order and it is not easy to cope up with the brilliant bowlers of Australia. Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazelwood troubled India on many occasions and the bowling attack seems stronger with the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The bottom line is, the test series would be an anticipated fight between Indian batting and the brilliant bowling attack by the hosts.