India vs Australia ODI series: Ahead of the three-match ODI series between India and Australia starting from Tuesday, January 14, former Aussies skipper Ricky Ponting has predicted that Aaron Finch-led side will defeat Virat Kohli’s team. Ponting said that the Aussies players will play with full confidence after an excellent World Cup campaign and several other series wins in the past couple of months.
His prediction came on Twitter while answering questions in a Q&A session. A Twitter user had asked Ponting his prediction for the forthcoming ODI series. The 45-year-old former cricketer said that India will be keen to redeem themselves from last year’s home series loss in the ODIs but the Kangaroos will lift the trophy.
The Australian side is in tremendous form. They recently whitewashed New Zealand and Pakistan in the longest format games. On the other side, Kohli-led team is also capable enough to stop mighty Aussies. India have won several series consecutively, defeating Bangladesh and West Indies.
Ponting, who gave Australia two World Cups in 2003 and 2007, also praised Marnus Labuschange, emphasizing he would be able to continue his form. He said that Labuschange would strengthen the batting line-up. Aussies had picked Labuscgnage in the squad after his superb show in the Tests.
The right-handed batsman made his Test debut against Pakistan in October 2018. In just 14 matches, he has amassed 1459 runs with an impressive average of 63.43. The 25-year-old batting all-rounder also scored a double-hundred, four tons and eight half-centuries. He has also claimed 12 wickets.
While Jasprit Bumrah’s return to the national team will surely boost the bowling line-up. Rohit Sharam will also be seen in action. He was rested for the recently-concluded T20I series against the West Indies. After the series, India will visit New Zealand for the five-match T20I, three-match ODI and two-match Test series starting from January 24 to March 4.