Ricky Ponting hinted, Smith-Warner not being in the team last year was the reason for India’s victory!

Sydney: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that the Indian team is the best team for the first match of the four-match Test series and uncertainty in their team due to captain Virat Kohli’s return home in the middle of the series. Will come.

India, the current winner of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, is scheduled to play a four-match Test series on the tour of Australia and captain Kohli will not play the final three matches and will return home as he will have wife Anushka Sharma due to the birth of his first child.

Ponting (Ricky Ponting) also believes that the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will cause trouble for the Indian this time. Smith and Warner were not part of the tour of Australia in 2018-19 due to ball tampering, when India won the Test series in Australia for the first time.

Ricky Ponting said, ‘One thing we didn’t talk about is that the Indian team was very strong last time. But they (Smith and Warner) were not in the top order. It makes a huge difference for any team ‘.

He said, India will miss the batting and captaincy of Virat Kohli (in the last three Tests). This will put pressure on the players. You would think that Ajinkya Rahane will take over the captaincy of the team, but this will put more pressure on him. Also, they will have to face additional pressure for an important place like No.4.

The former captain believes that Australia should start the innings with David Warner and Joey Burns in the Adelaide Test.

He said, ‘Burns hasn’t done much wrong. If you look at the last season, he did well in the first Test in Brisbane.



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