‘If India win in Brisbane, this will be their greatest series victory ever’
If India can follow up their brilliant draw with Australia in Sydney with a win over the hosts in Brisbane, it will present their greatest series victory ever, says Pakistan former pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
According to the Pakistani great, after what India showed at SCG to settle for a draw, the series is now nicely set up for them to grab a win.
It was a complete team effort from India, specially thanks to the likes of Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin that the visiting side batted out 131 overs in the fourth innings to survive a seemingly impossible game. The aforementioned four played 612 deliveries to finish Day 5, with Vihari and Ashwin remaining unbeaten till the end.
“Now at the final stages (of the series), I think India have got it in them to win this series. Again, a last little push, where they will face issues, they have several injury concerns, but the Indian bench strength has to believe that they can do it, they need to give one last effort and they can win the series,” said Akhtar.
So much impressed with India’s latest performance that Akhtar believes they will win at The Gabba, and a win there will be India’s greatest Test series win ever, and also probably one of the best Test series wins in the history of the game.
“If from this point onwards, India goes on to win this series, then that will be a big big victory. According to me, it will be the biggest series win in Test history.
“Again, if India win this, and I think that they are going to win it, then this will be one of the finest Test series that India could have ever played or could play in the next week or so,” Akhtar said.
The high-voltage match will roll onto the ground this Friday (January 15).