MONACO (International news desk) : Steve Waugh is a little over 6,500 km away from Mumbai at the moment, where the Australian team is ready to get their Indian tour underway. But the verbal volleys have already kicked off before the Australian XI prepares to get ready for the warm-up game on Friday.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly threw the first grenade by saying the Australian will crumble 4-0 in the series but his Australian counterpart Waugh is quick to counter that with a dead defensive bat.
“It’s foolish to write a side off like that. I think anything can happen. India hasn’t seen a lot of our players. I believe (Mitchell) Starc is the best quick bowler in the world and (Josh) Hazlewood is right up there. The spinners – jury’s out a bit there but Lyon is a very good competitor,” Steve, one of Laureus ambassadors, told the Indian media in Monaco on Tuesday.
The former Australian captain though was quick to admit that this is one of the strongest Indian side in many years led by sensational off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The Tamil Nadu spinner was the quickest to 250 wickets in Test cricket and reached this landmark against Bangladesh in the last match.
“Ashwin is like the (Don) Bradman of bowling at the moment. His record is equivalent to what Bradman did with batting and he’s a pretty handy batsman as well. He’s the player I think we have to overcome if we can do that we have a chance,” the 51-year-old from New South Wales said.