IND vs AUS: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that the Indian team is the best team for the first match of the four-match Test series and that there will be uncertainty in his team by the return of captain Virat Kohli in the middle of the series. India, the current winner of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, has to play a four-match Test series on Australia tour and captain Kohli will not play in the final three matches. Actually, he will return home because he will be with wife Anushka Sharma due to the birth of their first child.
Ponting also believes that with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner, the hosts will create problems for the Indian this time. Smith and Warner were not part of the tour of Australia in 2018-19 due to ball tampering, when India won the Test series in Australia for the first time.
Ponting told Cricket.com AU, “One thing we didn’t talk about is that the Indian team was very strong last time. But they (Smith and Warner) were not in the top order. They are not from any team Makes a huge difference. “
He added, “India will miss the batting and captaincy of Virat Kohli (in the last three Tests). This will put pressure on the players. You would think that Ajinkya Rahane will take over the captaincy of the team, but it will put more pressure on him as well. He will have to face additional pressure for an important place like No.4. “
The former captain believes that Australia should start the innings with David Warner and Joey Burns in the Adelaide Test. He said, “Burns hasn’t done much wrong. If you look at the last season, he did well in the first Test in Brisbane.”