Australia vs India: “Someone has to score 500 runs to win the series,” Dravid.
Australia vs India Test Series: The Former Test great, Rahul Dravid speaks on the chances of India winning the upcoming series against Australia. Dravid told that someone needs to score at least 500 runs in the four games to bag the series.
The all-time Test great aka “The Wall of Indian Cricket” remembers the last tour of Australia in 2018-19 where Cheteshwar Pujara smacked 521 runs in four games. Pujara was the leading run-scorer in the previous series against Australia on Australian soil. In the tour, Team India registered a series win 2-1.
Dravid said someone definitely needs to take the responsibility to score big in every single innings to tackle the gigantic Australian lineup. Be it Cheteshwar Pujara himself as Men in Blues will miss the services of skipper Virat Kohli after the first game. Kohli has been given a paternity leave for the birth of his first child. Virat will leave Australia after the first Day/Night Test game.
Who will be Pujara in the Series, Dravid:
“Who is going to the Pujara this time in the Australian Test Series?” ESPNCricinfo quoted Dravid as saying during a webinar, organized by L&T Financial Services Mutual Fund’s annual conclave The Winner’s Circle.
“I am saying that because last time when India toured Australia in 2018-19 Pujara scored over 500 runs and you will need one of your batsmen to repeat that. Either it can be Pujara, Kohli cannot do that because he won’t be available throughout the series. If one batsman goes over the mark and scored big for you, then the game will become much easier for India.”
Dravid has faith in the Indian bowling lineup. Our lineup can pick quick wickets, batting is one area that can win you the series.
“Our bowling lineup is capable of taking 20 wickets. They will impose tough conditions. Australia will try to put up the conditions which will be favoring fast bowlers. So will we able to match that?”
“I think Indian bowlers can pick 20 scalps over five days but do we have someone who can put up 500 runs over the series. If we get that then it would become much easier. But if Smith or Warner, who missed the last series, gets going and score 500 runs for their side, then I think they will have the edge,” he said.