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‘Australia will have this in mind’: Ramiz Raja explains what makes India a threat despite Virat Kohli’s absence – cricket

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Virat Kohli and his scheduled departure from Australia after the first Border-Gavaskar Trophy event has become a big talking point even before the India series begins. Current and former cricketers have weighed in on the issue, with most believing that Kohli’s absence will hurt India.

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Then there are others who are confident that India can repeat its feat of two years ago even without its dynamic captain. Australia coach Justin Langer and Nathan Lyon have already said that just because Kohli will not be present, the trophy will be theirs and now former Pakistan hitter Ramiz Raja has given his opinion on the matter, saying that although Kohli’s void will be Australia should not forget how powerful the Indian bowling attack is, which is quite difficult to fill.

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“There are already complaints in Australia about Virat Kohli’s absence after the first test in Adelaide. I think India has the batting lineup to tame Australia and also, Indian bowling has improved a lot and now they have a very good attack and Australia will have that in mind, ”Raja said on Cricket Baaz’s YouTube channel.

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It’s hard not to agree with Raja. With all the talk about Kohli and his impending departure to be home with his wife Anushka Sharma, who will give birth to the couple’s first child, the fact that India possesses a strong bowling unit has almost gone unnoticed.

At Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini, India has a formidable drum beat. Ishant Sharma is showing steady progress and joining the team cannot be ruled out. India’s bowling attack has been endorsed by various experts to take 20 wickets, something they have tried in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Raja feels Australia will try to make pitches that provide a balance between bat and ball. With international cricket returning to Australia for the first time since the Women’s T20 World Up in February earlier in the year, Raja feels that Australian fields are unlikely to behave as they used to.

“The fields in Australia are not what they used to be a few years ago. I mean, there is less bounce, lateral movement and they are less poisonous. And I think Australia will want to have full five-day trials against India for the audience figures given their requirements, ”he said.

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