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Rahul Dravid, director of the National Cricket Academy, gave his views on the webinar about the India and Australia Test series. (File)
Former Team India coach Anil Kumble and former cricketer Rahul Dravid believe that to win a four-Test series with Australia, India will have to get off to a better start in the first Day Knight Test match to be played in Adelaide. If they can start well in the first Test, then they will be able to win the series once again. India defeated Australia 2–1 in the Test series at the same home in 2018–19. With this, Team India became the first Asian country to defeat Australia in their home. Kumble and Dravid talked about the India and Australia Test series at the event on the webinar and told about what Team India would have to do to win.
Dravid believes that he will need a batsman who can score more than 500 runs in the series. Dravid said, “Who will be our” Pujara “who can meet this target. I am saying this because Pujara last scored more than 500 runs (521) in 2018-19. And we will need a batsman this time too. Pujara or any other batsman will have to do so. Because Kohli cannot do this. They will not play three Test matches. I think there will be a need for a batsman who can score more than 500 runs in four Tests. We have bowlers who can take more than 20 wickets. “
Challenge for team india with pink ball
Kumble said, ‘Team India will have to start the Test series with a pink ball. Which will be a challenge for the team. If India takes the lead in the first Test, the team will have a chance to win a second consecutive series in Australia. However, this time the situation is different from the previous tour. Smith (Steve) and Warner (David) were not playing due to the ban last time due to ball tempering. But this time they are both included in the team. On the other hand, captain Virat Kohli will not be in three Test matches. Which will have an impact on the team. Despite that, Team India is capable of bowling and batting well. And also has the ability to win the series. “
Australia specializes in playing with pink ball
He further said that the first Test is important for India because Australia specializes in playing with the Pink Ball and Red Kookaburra Ball. At the same time, Team India will play the first Day Night Test match outside their soil in Adelaide. Like Australia, bowling and batting have the same goods. However, there will be some challenge for India without Virat after the first Test.
Australia dominates Adelaide
The first Test match between India and Australia will be played in Adelaide on 17 December. Australia has played 20 matches here. He has won 14 of these matches. However in 2003 India defeated Australia. Dravid scored 233 in the first innings and 72 runs in the second innings of this match. In the 2018-19 Test series, Australia defeated India by 31 runs in the first match.