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Australia media takes a dig at Indian pundits who predicted whitewash

Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly
Indian cricketers Harbhajan Singh (L), Sourav Ganguly (C) and Sachin Tendulkar (R) chat during a practice session. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Prior to the start of the India vs Australia series, there was a widespread prediction among most who expected the Indians thrashing the Aussies as they had done against the other sides that had been vanquished in the past. Steve Smith’s men were likened to be thrashed by the Indians and the scoreline was expected to be 4-0.

However, the fact is that the Aussies have seemingly laughed at the face of adversity by securing a win in the first Test match of the series in Pune. A few former players such as Harbhajan Singh and Sourav Ganguly were on the receiving end due to their predictions. The duo had predicted a whitewash and were expecting the Aussies to be thrashed out of sight.

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One cannot blame their predictions given the manner in which Virat Kohli and his men saw off the likes of New Zealand and England in recent times. However, with Australia winning a Test in India after 13 years, the Australian media has finally found its opportunity to lash out at the duo.

Harbhajan Singh had remarked earlier: “If Australia play well, India will win 3-0. That is if Australia play well. Otherwise, 4-0. Looking at the composition, this is the weakest Australian side to tour India.”

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Ganguly’s reminded of his prediction: “It will be very difficult for Australia. I predicted before the England series that it would be 5-0. It became 4-0. Australia will go the 4-0 way against India. I will be very surprised if India don’t win 4-0.

Now, Australian news website news.com.au has dubbed Bhajji “The Colossal Clown” in a take on all those who had predicted doom ahead of the tour with reference to the Monkeygate affair. Ganguly was dubbed the “The Sheepish Shocker” following India’s 2-1 win over the Aussies in 2001. Jason Krejza and Shane Warne were also on the receiving end of the same

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