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Australia will be favourites but Team India’s confidence could make the difference, says Wasim Akram


The remaining phases of IPL 2020 are underway in UAE and following that, Team India would quickly fly right down to Australia for the tour beginning on November 27. The Test collection will, nevertheless, begin on December 17 in Adelaide which shall be a Day-Night affair. The 4 Tests will conclude with the ultimate match beginning on January 15 on the Gabba in Brisbane.

While India had been the winners once they lasted visited Australia in 2018, this time is predicted to be much more difficult. Tim Paine’s Australia have Steve Smith and David Warner again and still have a sure Marnus Labuschagne who has confirmed himself, in a yr’s time, to be sheer match-winner. Moreover, the rise of Pat Cummins because the world’s finest quick bowler is an absolute benefit for the hosts.

“I think Australia’s contemporary fast bowling unit is the best in the world. They have Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Hazlewood. All depends on the pitches they [CA] make when India visit Australia [later this month]. When the Kookaburra ball gets old you have to think about how to keep runs down as the wickets are tough to come by,” Akram said in an interview to ‘Cricket Baaz’ channel on Youtube.

‘Ye thode badmash ho gaye hain’: Akram on India

The Pakistan bowling great has praised Team India, beneath Virat Kohli’s captaincy, and has said that though Australia shall be favourites down beneath, India may do so much with their confidence. Akram additionally heaped praises on the Jasprit Bumrah-led tempo assault that would trigger a detailed contest between the 2 sides down beneath.

“Now India’s fast bowling, too, is very good. They have Shami, Bumrah and others who can clock upto speeds of 145-150 kmph. So, it will be a close contest but I would say Australia being in Australia would be favourites.”

“However, Indian team have this new found confidence, as a team they have found this confidence. They have a changed body language now [under Virat Kohli’s captaincy]. They way we used to take the ground in the 90s [speaking about his own time in International cricket], Team India does the same now,” he added.

According to Akram, India have become a nasty bunch beneath Virat Kohli’s captaincy. An identical factor was mentioned by former England captain Nasser Husain about Sourav Ganguly’s management that had modified the face of the Indian group again then.

“That’s because they believe in themselves.They believe in their hardwork they are putting in. I would say ‘Indian players thode badmash ho gaye hai’ and that matters in their performance, it shows,” Akram joked.

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