The Indian cricket team made a positive start to its tour of Australia, sharing the three-T20I series 1-1 with the hosts. Virat Kohli and co. went close in the first match, were unlucky as rain dashed their hopes of a for-sure win in the second before winning a closely contested third match.
Now, they have a 10-day break before the all important and much awaited Test series, which begins on December 6. The four-match Test series has been billed as the real encounter between the teams, and it will represent the progress of the Indian team, especially in overseas conditions.
In the middle of this big break, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, apart from sweating it out in the nets, seems to be enjoying his time in the country. The 30-year-old posted a picture on Instagram with a caption, which read, "That view 😍✌️. Lovely place this."
Kohli is expected to be the spearhead of an Indian team aiming to win its first ever Test series in Australia. While the history is on the side of the hosts, recent developments suggest the visitors have a great chance to create history.
The Australian team will be without their star batsmen Steven Smith and David Warner, both serving their respective one-year ban for their role in the ball tampering saga earlier this year against South Africa.
A number of critics and pundits have predicted that their absence has given India an upper hand. And one of those who feels this way is legendary wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist. Speaking ahead of the Border-Gavaskar trophy, he 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."