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Bowlers Will Decide Fate of This Series, Says Zaheer Khan





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|| India Correspondent ||

Former India left-arm speedster Zaheer Khan said that bowlers will decide the fate of the series between India and Australia as both the teams have some of the world's best bowlers in their squads. Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team is currently in Sydney and has been undergoing the 14-day mandatory quarantine period for the entire tournament that includes three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals followed by a four-match Test series.

The tour will begin with the ODIs on November 27.  Both India and Australia have stunning bowling attacks, namely - Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and a few.

"The Australian pitches have always had good bounce and pace, so I think the area which will decide the ODIs, T20Is and Tests will be the bowlers and how well the team bowls as a unit to restrict the opponent to a lower total on the scoreboard," said Zaheer in a release issued by official broadcasters of the series, Sony Pictures Sports Network, who also played the key role for the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian team. "When someone talks about the top line bowlers in the world right now, the names of the players that come to our mind will all be on the pitch in this series."

Notably, India had defeated Australia 2-1 in their last Test series during the 2018-19 season where Steve Smith and David Warner didn’t feature due to their year-long ban for the involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal. However, this time, they both will play and it will be tough for India to win.

"There are no favourites going into the series as both the sides have quality batting and bowling line-up in their squad and that is what will make the upcoming tour interesting and exciting to watch." Zaheer's thoughts were echoed by Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath, who also feels that the Virat Kohli-led side will face tough competition this time around.