"If India produces unfair wickets, they will win"- Ex-AUS Legend's big statement on Indian pitched ahead of BGT series
After thrashing New Zealand in the three-match ODI series 3-0, Team India comfortably won the last two T20Is to win the series 2-1 as well. And now they will be back in whites and will play their last series in the ongoing World Test Championship.
And it will be their biggest challenge as they have to face the No. 1 ranked Test team, Australia at home for a four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The first game of the series is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.
It will be the last chance for Rohit Sharma and the company to secure a place in the WTC final, which will take place in England in June. Australia is ranked one in the WTC table and is almost through the finals. On the other hand, India must win the series 3-1 or 3-0 to make it to the WTC final.
The hype for the upcoming BGT series has reached its maximum and the expectation is very high from both teams to deliver an epic series. Australia will be keen to win a series in India, which they haven't since 2014.
Meanwhile, India won the last two BGT editions both in Australia, and will look to make it three consecutively. However, the biggest challenge for the visitors will be the pitches conditions here in India. That's what former Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy pointed out.
In an interview on "SENQ Breakfast," Healy said, "I think if they produce fair Indian wickets, that are good batting wickets, spin a long way, late in the match … we (Australia) win. if they’re unfair wickets which I’ve seen in the last series, where balls were jumping ridiculously and sliding down low from day one, I think India play those conditions better than us."
He also added that if India will make unfair wickets then they will win because Australia is not used to playing on such tracks. Furthermore, he also said that it will be a challenge for the less experienced Australian player to soak in the pressure and use it against the Indian team.