Team India led by Virat Kohli scripted history when the toured Australia last time winning the four-match Test series 2-1 – first time ever. All eyes will be on the four-match series later this year when India once again take the flight to the land of kangaroos. And former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar reckons it won’t be this time around against a full-strength Australian side including Steve Smith and David Warner.

The No.1 Tests side ended their 71 years barren run to winning the series 2-1. The visitors began the proceedings with a 31-run victory over the hosts in Adelaide. The Aussies then bounced back with a 146-run victory in the second Test in Perth before the visitors won the third one at the MCG to take an unassailable lead. The Virat Kohli & Co would have won the fourth game too but persistent rain saw the home side escape with a draw.

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India will want to extend their dominance when they tour down under later this year. However, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes that the Virat Kohli-led side will face a much difficult task this time around against a stronger Australian team. The hosts will boast the presence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who were not a part of the squad last time due to the ball-tampering scandal.

“I think there will be some changes in Team India this time. There will be bounce on the pitch but batting won’t be difficult after few overs with the new ball. With Steve Smith and David Warner in the side, surely, it won’t be easy for India to win. Australian batsmen will also do homework on Jasprit Bumrah and others,” Sunil Gavaskar told Dainik Jagran.

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Since Steve Smith and David Warner returned to red-ball cricket, they have been in outstanding form with the bat changing the face of Australian cricket. Australia have retained the Ashes in England last year before wiping off Pakistan at home.