Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has backed Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team to beat Australia in the upcoming Test series between the two teams starting December 6.
The hosts will be without the services of Steven Smith and David Warner, both serving their respective one-year ban for their role in ball tampering saga. Their absence has proved costly for the national team, who have suffered humiliating defeats in the past few months.
And according to Gilchrist, the trend will continue, more so due to the right combination India has as compared to their opposition. Speaking ahead of the Border-Gavaskar trophy, the wicket-keeping legend said,
"India start as favourites for this Test series mainly because they have a reasonable idea of their team composition. They have a strong understanding what combination they want to play with. Maybe 1-2 spots will be up for grabs but otherwise their playing eleven is very much set. I think India have a stable Test team. Whereas if you look at Australia, I don't think their selectors are quite sure about the line-up or team balance. This is a new phase for Australian cricket."
One of the most important things to look out for will be the batting display of India. In their previous two overseas series, South Africa and England, the batters barring Kohli struggled to get runs. If India are to win the series, then Gilly believes the onus will be on the other Indian batters except Kohli.\
"Going ahead into the Test series, I expect Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing like he did in 2014 (694 runs in 4 Tests at average 86.50). I have spoken with him these last few days, seen his confidence, and seeing the way he batted in Sydney, I will be very surprised if he doesn't. The key for India winning this series though will be batsmen around him. Will they support him enough to allow India to get enough runs and give their good bowling attack enough opportunity to defend or even bowl Australia twice in a Test?" he added