Harbhajan Singh has backed India to beat Australia and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy despite captain Virat Kohli lacking three of the 4 Tests.
Kohli led India to a historic 2-1 victory over Australia in 2019 however can be absent for almost all of this winter’s tour as he is returning dwelling to be on the delivery of his first baby.
India can have to make do with out Kohli for the ultimate three Tests of the collection and legendary spinner Singh believes they’ll cope together with his absence.
Australia, who boast among the greatest gamers on the earth in Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins, presently maintain the Ashes after drawing 2-2 with England in the summertime of 2019.
Singh instructed India Today: ‘This crew [India] has sufficient energy to retain the trophy. They performed sensible cricket final time they had been in Australia.
‘Virat Kohli was absolutely brilliant and so was Pujara. We hardly hear his name because he is always under the shadow of the big players but Pujara’s contribution was large.
‘It’s going to be an enormous problem with out Virat Kohli, however I nonetheless really feel the Indian crew has acquired a powerful batting line-up and likewise the bowling can get 20 wickets.
‘They have gotten the crew to beat Australia in Australia even with David Warner and Steve Smith.
‘I’d give the sting to India as a result of they’ve the crew to play in any situation, be it in Australia or England, they’ve the mindset.
‘Both teams haven’t performed loads of high quality cricket due to the pandemic. But Indian cricketers are going there proper after the IPL which is able to give them an edge over Australia.’
The first Test between Australia and India begins on December 17 in Brisbane.
Michael Vaughan, the previous England captain, can not see India retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with out Kohli.
He mentioned earlier within the month: ‘One factor is for positive, it offers India a lot much less of an opportunity of profitable over there. Kohli has an unbelievable report in Australia and the Aussies do worry him.
‘Pujara has a fantastic report over there as effectively however Kohli can do issues that not many gamers can.
‘You’d have to say that Australia now are the clear favourites to win that collection as a result of Virat Kohli is a famous person.’
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