Sourav Ganguly says India has a bowling attack on par with Australia and that Virat Kohli's side are capable of two series Test wins Down Under and that two key men could make a comeback on injury.
India won a test series for the first time in Australia in 2018/19 when victories in Adelaide and Melbourne resulted in a 2-1 win.
At that time, Australia found its way through the ball manipulation crisis, which Steve Smith and David Warner made unavailable through a suspension, while Marnus Labuschagne was still at the beginning of his testing career.
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Australia's eyelash is now in far better health – Smith and Labuschagne are among the top three ICC test batsmen in the world, while David Warner averages 65.94 on the shores at home.
Even so, BCCI President and Former Captain of India, Ganguly, says the Border Gavaskar series is a "50:50" proposition this summer.
“Australia in Australia is always tough. With Smith and Warner, they'll be a lot stronger. Players like Labuschagne have gotten better, ”said Ganguly, according to the Hindustan Times.
“It will be a good test for India, but they can win. It's going to be a good series. "
He added, "It's a 50-50 chance for both teams. Runs on the board will be important. Whoever hits well wins the series."
Australia still offers arguably the best bowling attack in the world. Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon are still at or near the peak of their powers.
But India's own attack is to be feared. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami are still leading the charge with the ball two years after contesting the best bowling attack – which has barely changed – India ever brought to Australia.
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"India has the tempo attack that can compete with Australia," said Ganguly. “There is Bumrah, Shami, (Navdeep) Saini. The attack is as good as Australia's. "
The BCCI chief said both Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma could be fit in time for the Border Gavaskar series as they were excluded from India's original roster due to injury.
“We're monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not quite out. He will be part of the test series, ”he said. “With Rohit we want him to be fit for Australia. If he's fit, the selectors are sure to rethink his position at some point. "
Ishant Sharma, a mainstay of the Indian attack, has been sidelined since mid-October with a ruptured abdominal muscle while Rohit Sharma is currently playing in the IPL. However, the selectors are concerned about a hamstring injury he sustained earlier in the season.
A veteran of 97 Tests, Ishant Sharma is India's most experienced player and has excelled in Australia in the most recent Border Gavaskar series (11 wickets at 23.81). He's averaged 19.13 with the ball since early 2018.