The Test series between India and Australia starts on Thursday. The first game will be in Adelaide. This will be a day-night test match. This game will also get special attention as it is the last match of Indian captain Virat Kohli’s journey.
The BCCI granted paternity leave to Kohli after the first Test. She will return to India to give birth to her first child.
Australia’s great spinner Shane Warne said that India had an unforgettable performance in the 2018-11-19 Seema-Gavaskar series. This is the first time an Asian team has won a series in Australia. However, he is confident that Australia can win the series this time around as Kohli’s absence will have a big impact.
“Two years ago, the Indian team deserved to win the series. Because he is a good team. Virat Kohli may be the biggest star of cricket right now,” Warne told a news channel.
Warne also praised the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He said, “It is commendable that the BCCI has taken the side of first-class cricket. The players are actually returning to play first class cricket, they are scoring there and they are being selected.
Warne added, “I remember my time when I played in India, ODI cricket was not so special.” There was no T20 cricket. India are definitely one of the best teams in Test cricket, if not the best. I think IPL has also benefited.
“All the international fast bowlers come to play in the IPL,” Warne said. India’s bright young batsmen face some of the best fast bowlers in the world. Many fast bowlers have also come from India. In that case I would definitely watch this test series.
Warne shared his thoughts on who to name in the series. He said, ‘Who will win this series? So I think Australia can win this series on these domestic terms. My mind says India but is witnessing in Australia. But I think Virat Kohli will play a big role only in the first Test match. There are probably more powerhouses in Australia. “I think Australia can win the series 2-1,” Warne said.