BCCI President Sourav Ganguly believes that beating Australia in a Test series on his home ground next year will be more challenging than in 2018-19, as his team lacked legends like Steve Smith and David Warner.
The Indian team ended the 71-year drought by winning the Test series in Australia on the previous tour. At that time, Smith and Warner were out of the team due to being found guilty of ball-tampering.
Ganguly, referring to Warner and Smith at India Today’s special event ‘Inspiration’, said, “I think this (2020 Test series) will be a big challenge for the team.” I am convinced that according to the standards that Kohli has set for himself, he must also believe that the Australian team of 2018 was not the strongest team of his time. ‘
The Australian tour of the Indian team will begin with the T20 World Cup to be played from October 18 to November 15. The former captain said, “There is not much time left in what he is going to face in October. It is going to be different because it is a full-strength Australian team.
However, Ganguly said that India is a team that can beat Australia. They just have to trust themselves. I am waiting for this, you know that when I became captain it was my goal to face the best teams and I remember the 2003 Australian tour. We were a great team and this team also has the ability to do so.
Under the captaincy of Ganguly, India drew this series 1–1, but Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne were not included in the Australian team in that series. Ganguly said that the Indian team has everything that they can beat Australia at their home.
Ganguly said, ‘He has a fast bowler, a spinner, a champion player like Virat Kohli. Rahane has done brilliantly in the last three-four months and now Rohit Sharma is opening the innings.
The Indian team lost the Test series in South Africa and England in 2018, but Ganguly hopes that the team will perform well the next time they go there. He said, ‘I hope he wins Test series in England and South Africa.’