India might not have won the Test series in South Africa and England, but they had their moments in both of the countries. However, the team was not be able to drive home the advantage and conceded the series. Their next big assignment will be up against Australia later this month, and there is a sense of optimism in the ranks about the task at hand.
India’s vice-captain does believe that India will be the favourites in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith, but then wants to guard against complacency.
“ The Australian team is definitely unpredictable, even with the absence of Warner and Smith. I think we are favourites for the Australia tour but when a team plays at home they know the conditions well. Australia’s bowling is very strong and it will be a good tour,” he said at the Ekamra Sports Literary Festival.
The Indians were criticised both in South Africa and England for not preparing well enough before the Test series and thus, the BCCI has requested for extra practice matches in Australia before the Tests commence.