With the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) almost in its business end, the focus has started shift on upcoming India’s tour of Australia later this year. As Team India embark on a journey, former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has predicted the winner.
The series which starts from November 27 will see both teams play three T20Is and ODIs followed by four Test matches as a part of the ICC World Test Championship. The spotlight remains the most on the Test series as it would be exciting to see how the visitors deal with a strengthened Australian side – much better from the side which India defeated in 2018.
Wasim Akram picks the winner
Wasim Akram has opined that Australian pace attack is the best in the world which gives them the edge when both teams lock horns over the four Tests. It will also be a fight for the No.1 spot in ICC Test Rankings.
“I think Australia’s fast bowling is the best in the world. They have Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and other top-class bowlers. It will be a close contest but I would say Australia start off as favourites,” Akram said in an interview with Cricket Baaz.
Furthermore, Wasim Akram has admitted that India has got gun pacers as well and that their confidence and self-belief is sky-high. The 54-year old underlined that Virat Kohli & Co’s body language has been significant in their success, acknowledging their fearless attitude.
“Mohammed Shami, Bhumrah, Saini, and others they are good. Indian team has got a lot of confidence. Their body language has changed. As a team, they have confidence in themselves just like when we used to enter the ground in the 90s. Their body language shows they believe in themselves and the hard work they are putting in. I would say ‘Indian players thode badmash ho gaye hain’” he added.