With an eye on their first-ever Test series win in Australia, India are currently taking on the hosts in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series. Given Australia’s recent struggles, many believe that this is India’s best shot at winning their first series Down Under.
The current form is heavily tipped in India’s favour. The Virat Kohli-led side has looked almost unstoppable in the longest format of the game. They are sitting at the top of ICC Test rankings for over two years now. Since beating Sri Lanka in 2015, which was Kohli’s first assignment as full-time captain, India have thrashed almost every team that came its way. Kohli led India to nine consecutive series win before South Africa ended the run this year.
On the other hand, Australian cricket is having a hard time getting good results on the field since the ball-tampering scandal. In the wake of the scandal, their batting mainstays – David Warner and Steve Smith – received lengthy bans. And so far, Australia have failed to show that they can cope without the talismanic duo.
However, as far as the history is concerned, Australia are well on top. In previous 11 visits to Australia, India have never managed to win a series Down Under. In fact, they have managed to win just 5 of the 44 Tests they have played in Australia.
And at a time when cricket fans across the globe are busy predicting the outcome of the series, Greenstone Lobo has given his own views. Writing in his column for DNA, the astrologer said Kohli would lead India to their first-ever Test series win on Australian soil.
“Virat Kohli would be creating many records in his illustrious career. One of that would be of leading India to a Test series victory for the first time in the Australian soil,” he wrote.
“Australia are now at one of the lowest moments in their cricketing history. No, it’s not because they are without their best batsman Steven Smith or because they would miss the exuberance of David Warner. It’s because they are led by a weak captain Tim Paine. Paine has a passable horoscope that does not promise greatness and in fact, even shows the possibility of him being the crestfallen figure under difficult situations.
This is India’s best chance to win a test series down under. Australian Justin Langer has still time to establish himself as a great coach and India can sneak a tournament win before that. India’s Prithvi Shaw injuring himself could turn to be blessing in disguise as Rohit Sharma has it in him to play a couple of a blinder of innings that will redefine his test career. Debilitated Planet-Y (1999 JV127) has already done its job and both Rahul and Rahane would regain their magic touch,” added Greenstone Lobo.
He further said that the series will be fought fiercely but India would eventually come out on top.
“It would be a hard fought series. The Australian would come hard at the Indians and won’t give an inch. But unlike in England, this time, the Indian contingent, coach Shastri included, would have learnt the lessons and seize the key moments in the contests to come up trumps in a historic tournament victory,” Greenstone Lobo wrote.