Kapil Dev has come up with his predictions before the much-anticipated Border-Gavaskar series. The two top-notch teams of the world are going to begin the battle on December 17. The opening match of the series is going to be the Pink ball Day-Night Test. It will be the first one between these two nations. Australia will be starring to achieve the trophy this time after losing their last two series in 2019.
On the other hand, the visitors will be expecting to grab the Border-Gavaskar trophy for the record third time in a row. As both sides are preparing well for the big challenge, Kapil Dev reckons that Australia has a bit of an advantage over India in the coming pink-ball Test.
The reality is that the hosts have played many more Day-Night Tests than India, and they will have a home advantage over the visitors.
Australia has the Advantage: Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev has stated that since Australia is playing in their backyard, they have the chance to win the series. If team India were playing at home, it would have been 80 percent our chances of grabbing the series. Since the hosts have played so many pink-ball Tests, and they understand the conditions better under the floodlights, it's an advantage to them. The baggy greens have played seven day-night Tests to date. They have won all of them, playing four in Adelaide.
On the other hand, India played only one pink-ball Test so far. It was against Bangladesh in 2019. Dev has also suggested the pacers to bowl with their full strength and not get carried away with the bouncy pitches in Australia. The Indian team is going to miss the services of their star bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma.
Kapil Dev concluded by saying that India’s pacers are not that used to bowling on Australian conditions. Many times, they are likely to get carried away when they see a little bit of bounce. The Indian pacers then start bowling short. Therefore, it is very crucial to understand their pace and back their respective strengths. The "Men in Blue" might have an unprecedented pace bowling attack currently, but Australians know the conditions better than the Indian bowlers.