India will win the Test series in Australia: Amarnath

first_imgFormer Indian World Cup winner and national team selector Mohinder Amarnath said Virat Kohli & Co.’s morale is very high after starting on a winning note in the series Down Under and pegged them to become the first travelling Indian side to clinch the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy.”I think it’s a great start to the series for the team. There’s nothing like starting with a win in an overseas condition, which doesn’t happen normally,” said the 68-year-old all-rounder on the sidelines of an event where ICC announced Royal Stag as sponsors for five years in NEw Delhi on Wednesday.”Things now depend on the nature of the wickets that we will get to see later in the series but India will always have an advantage and will definitely win the series.”Amarnath, however, still cautioned not to take the budding Australian team lightly given the quality some of their players have showcased in the first Test.”If you look at the first Test winning margin, it came really close. For a moment many thought India might lose. Indian team is certainly better compared to the inexperienced batting line-up of the Australians, but their bowling still is pretty decent.”The team is currently in the building stage and some of their players have shown that they can pose a threat. The series won’t be a cakewalk for India, we will get to see some close battles,” the former Indian cricketer said.Amarnath also heaped praise on Cheteshwar Pujara for his batting display in the Adelaide Test (which included a century and 71 run innings) and said other Indian batsmen should take a note from that and need to focus on their technique.”Pujara’s both the innings in the first Test were classic examples on how to build an inning in overseas conditions. I feel some of the batsmen need to work on their strokeplay and technique. Given it was their first game, we can still hope that the more they play on these tracks, the more they get used to the conditions.There’s much talk about the pace-friendly surface of the Optus Stadium in Perth, where the next game will be played, and some experts have already suggested Australians bowlers will be at their threatening best on the new turf. However, Amarnath opined visiting pacers will be at an advantage too over their Aussie counterparts given they have been more impressive in the first game.”Indian bowlers have an advantage over the Australian bowlers on the fast pitch of Perth because they were more disciplined in their line and length compared to their Australian counterparts and Ashwin being in good form also gives that extra variation. However the real test will be for the Indian batsmen who are more suited to play on slow wickets,” Amarnath concluded.advertisementAlso See:last_img

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