The Test series between India and Australia, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, is to take place in India from 9 February. The series concluded with four matches, and the first match of this series will be played in Nagpur for which both the teams have started preparations. Several former players have already given their prediction for the series. And former Sri Lanka cricketer Mahela Jayawardene already chose his winner of the series.
There has always been a close fight between India and Australia. Although Australia have not been able to beat the Men in Blue in India since 2004 in the longest format, Jayawardene has full faith in the Kangaroos. He said that he is looking forward to a great series between the two teams. However, according to him, the visiting team will win the series 2-1. If this happens then India will be out of the final of the World Test Championship.
“I think it’s always going to be a great series. I think Indian conditions and how the Australian batsmen tackle that, they do have a really good bowling unit and how do the Indian batsmen tackle that â€¦ it depends on how each team starts the series and who’s got that momentum. But it will be fascinating,” Jayawardene was quoted as saying by IndiaToday.
“It’s difficult to predict, but being a Sri Lankan, I’m hoping that Australia can go all the way. Probably a 2-1 win for Australia, but it’s going to be a tough one,” he added.
He is in great form at the moment: Mahela Jayawardene
Meanwhile, Jayawardene also talked about India’s young sensational batter Shubman Gill as his remarkable recent form boosted India’s chances of successfully tackling that strong Australian bowling unit. Gill was in outstanding form in white-ball cricket as he smashed a double hundred in an ODI match. Jayawardene believes he can have a similar impact in red-ball cricket.
“He’s been very good, he’s technically very sound and he’s a good player of pace,” Jayawardene said of Gill. “That’ll keep him in good stead against that Australian attack, but it’s always going to be tough and it will be a very good series.
“He is in great form at the moment and if he converts that into red-ball cricket and have that tempo, maturity, understanding of the situations and conditions, he’d be a great asset at the top of the line-up for India. He does give them those good starts at a good tempo to put opposition bowling attacks under pressure.” he said.
Here’s how fans reacted:
@mipaltan iska salary time pe diya kro yar
— Satyendra (@SatyendraGuptaa) February 6, 2023
Bhai ko srilanka par abhi bhi umeed hai
— 🇮🇳Mayank (@ms_behera) February 6, 2023
In kutte ke pillon ko ipl walone sar par rakha hai warna ye bhi aata maangte nazar ate
— Suraj Nirmale (@Suraj_m_Nirmale) February 6, 2023
@MahelaJay 🤡 always toxic on indian team
— கில்லி🥇🏆 (@Thalapathy_No1) February 6, 2023
Dude thinks he knows better. His country even after being a subcontinental country never won here. And he thinks Aus team that draw a series in Lanka can wi here? Warra logic
— Tom Gravestone (@Whygravestone) February 6, 2023
Indian fans be like khata humari hain aur tareef unki karta hain. pic.twitter.com/Z5DLFHrXXQ
— Vishal Deshmukh (@kaafiAverage) February 6, 2023
Somebody tell him to focus on Srilanka cricket
— Tweprilayankar (@tweprilayankar) February 6, 2023
He knows about Rohits captaincy 😂😂😂
— Vikas (@Vikas1817111) February 6, 2023
koi chance hi nahi hai iska 🤣
— Jai Upadhyay (@jay_upadhyay14) February 6, 2023