The 2018 Border-Gavaskar Test series will get underway after India and Australia played out a 1-1 draw in the T20 International series. India’s skipper Virat Kohli is all ready to get India their first test series win down under. India have never won a test series in Australia.
India have played 12 test series against Australia down under. They have lost 9 and drawn 3. This is a dismal record, to say the least, and Virat Kohli will be hoping to create a legacy of his own.
The last test series that India played in Australia was in 2014 and the visitors lost 2-0 to the home side. This, however, will be the best chance for India to make history down under. Several pundits, commentators, and former players have made their predictions for the upcoming test series.
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has gone with India series win by 3-1. Sunil Gavaskar has gone even further by predicting not even a single win for the home side. “India should win this series and by a 3-0 margin. Melbourne Test may end up in a draw because of rain and that’s what I feel,” Gavaskar told India Today.
Adelaide Oval: Kohli’s wonderland
India have played against Australia 5 times at Adelaide. Out of 5, they lost 3, drew 1 and won 1. The famous win came way back in 2003-04 test series when Rahul Dravid hit 233 in the 1st innings and 72 n.o. in 2nd innings.
They played at this venue in the 2014 series as well. Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India came very close to the victory on Day 5 as they were chasing a target of 364. Captain Kohli hit centuries in both innings.
Virat Kohli averages 98.5 at Adelaide in tests. He has hit 3 centuries in the 4 innings that he has played at Adelaide Oval.
Australia’s least experienced top seven since World Series Cricket
Australia’s top seven for the first Test of Finch, Harris, Khawaja, S Marsh, Handscomb, Head & Paine have played a total of 101 Tests between them – this makes it Australia’s least experienced top seven in their 429 Tests since World Series Cricket.
India’s bowling average in the last two years of 25.20 is their lowest ever in the two years before a Test series in Australia & the fifth lowest of any team to visit Australia since 1988.
This, undoubtedly, is India’s best chance to win a series down under and it will be interesting to see whether if Tim Paine and co can break India’s bubble which is full of hopes.