"Australia can win this series. India are vulnerable at home"- Ex-IND head coach Greg Chappell makes bold prediction ahead of BGT
The modern-day rivalry between India and Australia will rewrite a new chapter when these two teams face off in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The first game will take place at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, on February 9.
Both teams are sweating hard for the all-important series, and this series will decide who is the current best team between the two. India needs to win the series badly to secure a place in the final of the World Test Championship, while Australia, which hasn't won the BGT series in its last two attempts, will do everything to maintain its stake.
Thus, it will be the blockbuster of the series between the two top ranked teams. As usual, the predictions and statements have already started from many former cricketers from both sides. Some former Australian players have already said that India might prepare the rank-turners to win the series.
And now former Aussie great and former Indian head coach Greg Chappell has also come up with a strange statement and said that Australia has a great chance to win the upcoming series because India is vulnerable at home.
In his column for the "Sydney Morning Herald," Chappell wrote, "Australia can win this series. India are more vulnerable at home than they have been for some time due to injuries to key players like Rishbah Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah. They will rely heavily on Virat Kohli."
Chappell, who was India's head coach from 2005 to 2007, believes the pitches will be turning wickets and that Australia should field Ashton Agar to assist Nathan Lyon against India. He also pointed out that the return of Ravindra Jadeja might help India.
Chappell said that Jadeja poses the same threat as Kumble did in his time. He was used to bowling a straight line, and even the batters knew that if they missed the ball, it would hit the stumps.