Virat Kohli, India, Australia
Virat Kohli © AFP

Starting 1947-48, India have never won a Test series in Australia. In fact, out of the 44 Tests that India have played in Australia, they have just managed 5 wins. However, Ian Chappell believes the numbers will mean nothing when India travel Down Under. Chappell praised Virat Kohli’s captaincy and predicted that India will win the series against a Steven Smith and David Warner minus Australian side.

“He’s a good captain. He’s aggressive. I think his team will win Australia,” Chappell told The Times of India.

Calling him among the top three batsmen of this era, Chappell believes Kohli is emotional and that at times gets in the way of his captaincy.

“He’s a bit emotional at times. It’s something that he’ll improve. As a captain you need to keep your emotions pretty level. However, that’s also a part of who is. And I think that’s a part of him being a good player. I don’t have a problem with that as a player, but I think at times it gets in the way of his captaincy,” Chappell added.

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The former Australian states that to win in Australia, a team should have a good armoury of pacers, something India possess, along with a good mix of wrist spinners.

“Their (pace) stocks are pretty good. That’ll help in Australia. You need good pace bowling there. I think that the fact that they’ve got some wrist spinners will help them too, because wrist spinners, if they bowl well, perform well there. India have a good attack for the Australian conditions,” said the 74-year-old.

Chappell also pointed out Kuldeep’s accuracy as a wrist spinner and tipped him for success Down Under.

“You make a difference by being a good bowler. He’s pretty accurate for a wrist spinner. I like the look of him. He’s got a lot of potential. He’s the sort of bowler who, if he bowls well in Australia, he’ll have success.”

India, the No.1 Test side, hold the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the moment. They will be defending it in Australia in the 2018-19 season.