IND vs AUS | If India can win first Test, they have a great chance to win the series : Anil Kumble


Anil Kumble feels that India should try to win the first Test in Adelaide which he feels, will set the tone for the remainder of the Test series.

India will kick-start their Border-Gavaskar Trophy defense in Adelaide with a Day/Night Pink Ball Test on December 17. It will not only be a bid for bragging rights but also a very important indicator towards the World Test Championship that now hangs in balance after the ICC tweaked the points system.

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Every single expert has an opinion on the series and Anil Kumble, who led India to Australia in 2007-08 spoke about the same, stating that India should try to win the first Test so as to hold a better chance to win the series.

“Since India is starting the Test series with a pink ball, that’ll be the biggest challenge. If we can stay ahead in the first Test match then India has a great chance to repeat what they did in the last Australia tour,” Kumble said.

“Although with [Steven] Smith and [David] Warner coming back [after their ball-tampering bans the last time] and then Virat [Kohli] missing the last three Test matches will obviously be a big factor for India. But having said that, there’s enough ability within the team, be it batting or bowling.”

Kumble thinks balance remains intact

While Ishant Sharma missed out for India, Virat Kohli will only play a single match before taking paternity leave. That might create a question of balance for the Indian team going ahead but Kumble doesn’t think so.

“The bowling – we probably match our fast bowling to their fast bowling. The batting again matches, [but] I think we are ahead [of Australia]. So if we can get ahead in the pink-ball Test match – which obviously is Australia’s strength.

“They’ve done really well in Adelaide whenever they have played a pink-ball Test; so if India can sort of get ahead against Australia in the first Test, then I will back India. But if that doesn’t [happen], then it is going to be a tough ask without Virat as well in the next three [Tests].”