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With most of the exciting series getting cancelled in the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the fans are gearing up for India’s tour of Australia later this year. While dark clouds still loom large over the future of the series, the fans are extremely hopeful. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly recently shared a message for Virat Kohli & Co ahead of the all-important series.

India scripted history when they toured down under in 2018-19. They registered their first-ever Test series win beating the host 2-1. Taking that into consideration, the upcoming series has all the recipes to excite the fans. The host, who will have Steve Smith and David Warner this time in the side, will be desperate to give it back to India. Meanwhile, for that to happen, Australia will have to play out of their skins.

Ganguly hopeful of India beating Australia

Speaking to India Today Inspiration, Sourav Ganguly admitted that it will be a tough series. But the former India skipper believes that the current side has talents in every department to beat the host.

“It’s going to be a tough series and it’s not going to be what it was in 2018 when they went. It’s going to be a strong Australia but our team is as good. We have the batting, we have the bowling,” Ganguly said. 

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India with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Despite that, Sourav Ganguly sounded hopeful that India can defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The former cricketer who believes that a captain is the boss in the team admitted that he holds high regards for Virat Kohli and his team.

“Absolutely (hopeful of the team). We just got to bat better. You know the best teams overseas, they bat well. When we were so successful away from home, in England, in Australia and in Pakistan, we were getting 400, 500 and 600 in Test matches. I have said that to Virat also and said ‘chief’, I have tremendous regard for him, tremendous regard for Rohit Sharma and Bumrah as well.”

“I said ‘because you’re Virat Kohli, your standards are high. When you walk to play, when you walk with your team, I, watching on TV, don’t expect you to just play well against Australia. I expect you to win. So for me, that is what it is. Because you have set the standards. It’s not anybody else. So you have to live up to the standards,” Ganguly added.