The much hyped India-Australia for Test match series were the topic of discussion at the first Sports Literary festival, Xolo SporTale. Interestingly, the trio of Aussie legend Shane Warne, former India opener Virender Sehwag and off- spinner Harbhajan Singh had a different take on the much hyped clash. The first Test between the two nations got under- way in Pune today.
Saying the India-Australia rivalry could be second biggest after India-Pakistan contests, Shane Warne sounded warning for the home side. He said that if the visitors were considered underdogs given the results India has recorded at home in the recent past, the team from Down Under wouldn’t be a walkover.
“I don’t agree with what some of the pundits of the game have made forecast. The series will be a lot more tighter than what many think. Australia has some amazing players and you just wait and see as the series progresses,” said Warne.
According to Warne:“Australia’s mindset in this series is to attack. We are going to take it to India. It will be interesting to see what they do even as India definitely are favourites.” Warne was also pretty hooked up about how R Ashwin and Steven Smith rivary would take shape during this four-match Test series.
The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ Virender Sehwag, predicted that the Indian team has enough in the tank to win the upcoming Test series against Australia by a 3-0 or a 3-1 margin but also sounded a note of caution. “This team has been playing fantastic cricket. They have won 8 of their last 9 Tests and that is a great achievement. But the law of averages catches up with every team and in my reading, there will be a Test in this series where the bowling might not fire or the batsmen will slip up,” he said.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on the other hand, was rather blunt in his statement on the forthcoming Test series. He was of the view that even if the visitors, play to their full potential and do really well, India would still win the series 3-0.
“This is the weakest Australian team to visit India. The likes of Steve Waugh and Shane Warne are missing. If Australia play well India will win the series 3-0, if they don’t play well then we will 4-0. And even if India don’t play to their full potential, we will still win the series,”said Harbhajan Singh