Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar believes Australia captain and pace spearhead Pat Cummins will be the actual threat to the Indian team in the upcoming four-match Test series, starting from February 9. However, Cummins, finished the 2020–21 Test series against India with the most wickets, and this year, he will try to do well and end Australia’s 19-year drought for a Test series win in India as well.
“If memory serves right, the first time he took a five-wicket haul was in the subcontinent (5/34 on debut vs Sri Lanka in Galle, August 2011). Being the top bowler that Lyon is, he will always be attacking and probing, but the real threat is likely to be the pacers. Cummins is a terrific bowler, and, as we have seen in the past when the Australians are successful, it is their pace attack that has done the damage,” Sunil Gavaskar told The Telegraph in an interview.
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Sunil Gavaskar also said that Josh Hazlewood’s absence will help India in Nagpur. Cameron Green will also miss the first Test due to his injury as he is still recovering from a finger injury.
“When the Australians are successful, it is their pace attack that has done the damage. With Josh Hazlewood likely to miss the first Test with an injury, the advantage could well lie with India. Both are superb teams and in cricket, you cannot predict. But, as always, the home side starts with an advantage with the crowd support, awareness of ground, weather and pitch conditions,” Sunil Gavaskar concluded.