AB sees India’s ‘very good chance’ in Australia
Despite India having string of overseas defeats over the years, South African great AB De Villiers believes they ‘have a very good chance of winning in Australia’.
Recently India lost both Test series’ in South Africa and England, though they fared better in South Africa than what they managed to do in England.
It was India’s batting that led them down in both the innings and there is a heavy chance of its repeating during their tour to Australia as well. But the 34-year-old de Villiers is of the opinion that India will be a much improved unit this time around.
“They have a very good chance, to be honest with you. They came to South Africa, probably played better cricket (but lost 1-2). Lost in England now but once again first Test was on a knife’s edge and could have gone either way, which would have changed the whole complexion of the series,” said de Villiers.
The explosive Protea batsman, who shocked the world in May this year announcing a sudden retirement from international cricket, added: “Going to Australia now, I think if they can keep the fast bowlers fit they have a very good chance. I saw some of the guys were not hundred percent fit (Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar but have recovered now). If they can get all the fast bowlers ready, if not the best, they are one of the best bowling attacks in the world at the moment. And we know what the batting unit is capable of.”
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between Australia and India will roll onto the ground from December, and precede a three-match T20I series. While India tops the chart for top Test teams of ICC Rankings, their recent 1-0 defeat to Pakistan meant Australia slipped to fifth position.