Shoaib Akhtar, one of the finest bowlers to have played cricket, has predicted that Virat Kohli’s men have a ‘better’ chance of defeating Australia as the Men in Blue prepare to take on the defending champions at The Oval.
“India has a far better chance not because of I am just saying but I think the balance of the bowling lies with India. They have spinners, they have good fast bowlers,” Akhtar in a video for his official YouTube channel.
“India has more ammunition when it comes to swing when it comes to bowling when it comes to taking up the pressure. So, I think the pressure isn’t going to be on Indians tomorrow, it is going to be on Australians. I think India is going into this match as favourites because they have superior spinners than the Australians and with Shami’s addition they will become unbeatable,” Akhtar added.
Apart from the prediction, Akhtar has mentioned one change that he would like Kohli to make against the Aussies.
“I want Shami to be in. I want the pace to be in.”
As per the sources, India are expected to go all out with three specialist seamers given the overcast conditions at The Oval. Moreover, he also spoke about the importance of India’s opening three batsmen.
“I think Indian batters, the first four batters, whenever they get runs the history tells us they win matches. Rohit Sharma goes deep down to the order and he gets runs and Indian team gets a proper platform. At the same time, him, Virat Kohli and others make a big score,” Akhtar added.
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