The Test series between India and Australia is starting from Thursday. The first match will be in Adelaide. It will be a day-night test match. This match will also get special attention because it will be the last match of Indian captain Virat Kohli on this tour.
Kohli has been given paternity leave after the first Test match by the BCCI. He will return to India for the birth of his first child.
Great Australian spinner Shane Warne said that India had a memorable performance in the Border-Gavaskar series in 2018-19. For the first time an Asian team won the series in Australia. However, he believes that Australia can win the series this time as Kohli’s absence will have a big impact.
Warne told a news channel, “Two years ago the Indian team deserved to win the series. Since he was a better team. Virat Kohli is perhaps the biggest star of cricket at the moment and has said that Test cricket is the most important format of the game.
Warne also praised the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He said, ‘The way BCCI has stood up for first class cricket is a great compliment. The players are actually going back to play first class cricket, they are scoring there and they are getting selected.
Warne added, “I remember my time when I used to play in India, then ODI cricket was not much.” There was no T20 cricket then. India is definitely among the best teams of Test cricket, if not the best. I think IPL has also benefited.
“All international fast bowlers come to play in the IPL,” Warne said. India’s brilliant young batsmen face the world’s best fast bowlers. Many fast bowlers are also coming from India. In such a situation, I will definitely watch this test series.
Warne put his opinion on whom the series will be named. He said, ‘Who will win this series? So I think Australia will win this series under these domestic conditions. My mind is saying India but witnessing to Australia. But I think that playing Virat Kohli in just the first Test match will play a big role. Australia probably has more power houses. ‘ Ending his talk, Warne said, “In my opinion Australia will win the series 2–1.”