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Australia strong enough to challenge India without Smith and Warner: Virender Sehwag

Sehwag also thinks the 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw should open for India.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The rivalry between Indian and Australian cricketing sides has grown tremendously in the last few years. Both have dominated at home but struggled overseas for a long time now. However, on this turn, the situation is completely different, because even as the series is to be played in Australia, the home team, some might say, is in tatters, for two of its premier players, David Warner and the otherwise skipper Steve Smith, and one new-comer, Cameron Bancroft, are serving their one-year ban and 9-month ban respectively, that started in March, earlier this year.

India, on the other side, have a well-balanced side with the captain Virat Kohli, unsurprisingly, on fire with the bat. This has led some experts to conclude that India will have an edge over Australia on this tour. However, former blazing opener of the Indian cricket team, Virender Sehwag, believes that this Aussie team has it in them to give a tough time to India even without Smith and Warner.

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“Doesn’t matter if they (Australia) don’t have good players like Steve Smith and David Warner. They are playing in their own backyard,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by NDTV, in an exclusive chat.

“These players who are coming and playing in Test cricket have already played first-class cricket there. They’ve scored a number of runs. They don’t have much experience if you talk about international matches but they will give a good fight to the Indian team,” he said.

Shaw is a key batsman for me because in Australia

The 40-year-old also praised the Indian team and said that Kohli’s men are capable of winning a Test series anywhere in the world. “I’ve been saying this for last one year that they can win Test series in Australia, England and South Africa. They have to play really well. If they match first innings total with Australia and England, they have a chance to beat them,” he opined.

Sehwag also shared his views on the 19-year-old batting sensation Prithvi Shaw and said that Shaw should definitely open the batting for India. “He (Shaw) is going to play in Australia as an opener because in last two Test matches we’ve seen the way he played. He is a key batsman for me because in Australia you need someone who can play some attacking cricket. If KL Rahul gives him company and they both come good then Australia will have a bad time,” the Nawab of Najafgarh mentioned.

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~Written by Nahmat Maeraj

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