KOLKATA: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said Wednesday that the possible absence of Steve Smith and David Warner in the Australia team for India against India would be a "big factor" because it is like India does not have Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in their joints.
The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) had made a submission to Cricket Australia at the beginning of the month to lift the ban on Australian captain Smith and vice captain Warner.
But indications are that they are not ready to bring the trio (Cameron Bancroft included) back to international cricket early.
Therefore, it seems a little hope that they will play Test Cricket before March 29 when the ban on them ends.
"It's a big factor. This is like the Indian team does not have Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli," said Ganguly to reporters on the side of Health Drink Complans program, for which he is the brand ambassador.
Complan had launched the "Aro Sapno-Aro Bere Otho Competition last month, of which the winners were announced at a plush hotel to celebrate children's wishes on the children's day.
The competition was held over 100 schools in the city and children asked for their dreams come alive through creative expressions. Students from classes 2-6 participated in the challenge.
Ganguly went through the created artwork and selected ten winners of the competition. The winners took home Rs 1 lakh prize money each.
Ganguly said that this is India's best chance to win a Test Series in Australia, considering their bowling attack.
"It's a good moment for Indian cricket, this is their best opportunity to beat Australia. India is a good side and has a good bowling attack. I've seen in England that they (bowler) have taken 20 wickets in each test," said Ganguly.
"But you must also remember that Australia in Australia is another kettle. Many think they are weak outfits, but I do not think so," added the 46-year-old.
India is playing four tests that start on December 6 in Adelaide Oval. India's best result Down Under was 1-1 in the 2003-04 series under Ganguly.
Asked about Kohli's leaving India & # 39; commenting on a fan, Ganguly said, "I would not like to comment on it. It is not necessary to comment on each comment."
At the same time, Ganguly suggested that India's paceman Mohammed Shami has expressed his willingness to play for Bengal in the next Ranji Trophy match against Kerala.
"Shami has wanted to play. If he is playing, it's good for the Bengali side. We had also written a letter before the first match to play him, but he had some fitness problems that he had to go for rehabilitation. top. "