new Delhi: Former India coach Anil Kumble feels that if India does not win the opening day-night Test against Australia, it will be difficult for the guests in the absence of captain Virat Kohli.
India will begin the Border-Gavaskar Test Series with a day-night Test in Adelaide from 17 December and Kumble feels that the match will be a ‘big challenge’ for India. Captain Kohli will return to India after the initial test for the birth of his first child.
The great spinner said, ‘If we get ahead by winning the first Test match, then India will have a great chance to repeat the achievement of the previous Australia tour’.
He said, “Although Steve Smith and David Warner are making a comeback in the team and then Virat will not be able to play in three Tests, then it will definitely become a big reason for India. But despite saying this, there is a lot of potential in the team, whether it is batting or bowling ‘.
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Indian players do not have much experience of playing pink ball in top level cricket and the team has played only one match with pink ball which was against Bangladesh last year in which they won by an innings and 46 runs. .
At the same time, the Australian team has played a lot of day and night matches in the last few years.
Kumble feels that India’s fast bowling attack is on par with Australia, while the guests are ahead of the hosts in batting but it all will depend on the outcome of the first Test.
He said, ‘If we win the pink ball test and get an edge – in which Australia is definitely strong and they have done very well whenever they have played pink ball matches in Adelaide’.
Kumble said, ‘So if India gets an edge against Australia in the first Test, then I will support India. But if it does not happen then it will be very difficult in the next three Tests without Virat.