Khawaja or Kohli? Ponting has his say
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting gave Usman Khawaja the upper hand over Indian captain Virat Kohli for the upcoming India-Australia Test series.
Conserding Khawaja’s form at home and Kohli’s performance in the last Australia tour, it is needless to say the battle among the batsmen will be something to surely watch out for. And interesting Ponting has backed Khawaja to perform better than Kohli in the upcoming series.
However, he also believes that the Indian captain will perform well no matter what.
“Khawaja) will just pip Kohli. Kohli will play well I’m sure because he does everywhere he goes and had a great series against Australia last time. Just where they’re starting in Adelaide and Perth – if they leave something in them, Kohli is a bit more vulnerable in those conditions than Melbourne and Sydney.”
Ponting also predicted Josh Hazlewood will be the leading wicket-taker of the series.
“Adelaide and Perth will suit him down to the ground with the way he bowls and the way he presents the seam in those venues. Being six (foot) five or six (foot) six (tall) as well, he’ll exploit the bounce that a lot of Indians won’t be comfortable with.”
The former Aussie captain has predicted 2-1 in favour of Australia, but also feels it all comes down to whichever team bats the best.
“Basically, it comes down to whichever team bats the best. Both fast bowling attacks are good but I think our batsmen will play better against their quicks than their batters will play against ours. India need to get off to a really good start (in the series). If they get behind the eight ball if those first two games then … they might fight back and win one Sydney or Melbourne, but it will be too late,” Ponting concluded.