Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has made a series of predictions about the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy, including saying that opening batsman Usman Khawaja will outscore Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
“He’s on top of his game, his record in Australia is outstanding,” Ponting said of Khawaja. “As much of a threat that the Indian fast bowlers might pose, I think he’s got a game that can cope with it here in Australia.” “Right now he’s in a really good place, the selectors backed him through that UAE tour, gave him a chance and he came out (better) on the other side of that. With the skill that he’s got and maybe a bit more belief in his own game than ever before, I think he’s got the perfect package to have a great summer.”
“(Khawaja) will just pip Kohli,” said Ponting. “Kohli will play well I’m sure because he does everywhere he goes and had a great series against Australia last time. Just where they’re starting in Adelaide and Perth – if they leave something in them, Kohli is a bit more vulnerable in those conditions than Melbourne and Sydney.” “I’d love to see the pitches have a little bit in them because I think our batters will bat better against their (bowlers) with something in them than their (batters) will against ours,” Ponting explained. . “We’re talking 40 years of history with India coming to Australia and not being able to win because of the fast, bouncy nature of our pitches so I’d love to see them that way,” he said.
The first Test will start on December 6 in Adelaide.
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21 August, 2019