IND vs AUS: Team India hosts the next edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home. Australia reached India on February 1 and started their preparation. The last two BGT series took place in Australia, which India won. And it will be time for them to make a hat trick of it. Meanwhile, Australia will put everything on the line to avoid a hat-trick of BGT Series losses this time around. However, it will not be easy for them against the spirited Indian side.

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India has reached new heights in the longest format in the last 5–6 years. And without a doubt, it was Virat Kohli who led India to become the strongest test team in the world. Under Virat, India stayed at No. 1 for five consecutive years and won various matches in SENA countries, which was a dream for previous captains. That’s what former Indian selector Saba Karim feels.

IND vs AUS: “Virat Kohli installed a belief in the team” – Saba Karim

IND vs AUS: "Credit Goes to Virat Kohli"- Ex-IND Selector on India’s Success in Test Cricket vs AUS in Recent Times
IND vs AUS: “Credit Goes to Virat Kohli”- Ex-IND Selector on India’s Success in Test Cricket vs AUS in Recent Times

The Australian team was unbeatable both at home and away for more than a decade. However, when Virat took over as captain, he became the first Indian captain to defeat Australia in a test series at home. Not in Australia, but India also beat them on Indian soil. Virat’s leadership helped India become a force to be reckoned with in the longest format.

On many occasions, he himself admitted that he would always go for a win but not a draw. Meanwhile, in a discussion on India News, Karim praised the former Indian skipper and pointed out the 2014-15 series, which changed Virat as a leader. He said,

“Ever since we travelled to Australia for the 2014-15 series, Team India has been able to make a name for themselves. The credit for this goes to Virat Kohli because he instilled the belief in the team that be it in home conditions or away, Australia can be beaten.”

Furthermore, Karim also spoke about the upcoming BGT series. He believes Rishabh Pant’s absence will make a difference this time. The former selector also pointed out that the pitches in the test should be more competitive and games should not finish within two days. Karim concluded that the Indian tracks should offer spin to the bowlers only after two days, which will bring excitement to the game.

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