Cricketer turned commentator Dinesh Karthik named the two biggest threats to the India team in the crucial four-match test against Australia. The team led by Rohit Sharma will face the team led by Pat Cummins in the first Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) Test 2023 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur on Thursday 9 February.
Australia, the No. 1 ranked Test team, has dominated the current World Test Championship (WTC) cycle and sits first in the points table. They won the three match series against Pakistan 1-0 and drew the two match series in Sri Lanka 1-1. Meanwhile, India will play their final series, which they must win by a two-match margin to qualify for the WTC final for the second time.
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When Dinesh Karthik was asked about the biggest threat to India in the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy dDuring an interaction with fans on social media in an #AskDK session, he responded.
The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper batsman took to Twitter, tweeting: “nathan lyon and steve smith #AskDK”
nathan lyon and steve smith #AskDK https://t.co/THLnW4KXlN
—DK (@DineshKarthik) February 7, 2023
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Nathan Lyon will lead his spin bowling attack with inexperienced spinners Todd Murphy, Mitchell Swepson and Ashton Agar, who only played nine Tests between them and took 19 wickets. Lyon took 460 wickets in 115 Tests, while in India he took 34 wickets in 7 matches at an average of 30.59 with best figures of 8/50.
Vice-captain Steve Smith is the only batsman in the current Australian squad to average over 30 against the Rohit Sharma-led side in India. Smith played six Test matches in India, scoring 660 runs at an average of 60, including three and a half centuries. The right-handed batsman was the leading run-scorer on his previous tour with 499 runs at an average of 71.29.
The second test will be held in Delhi (February 17-21), the third in Dharamsala (March 1-5) and the fourth in Ahmedabad (March 9-13). After the Test series, the Aussies will play three ODIs, with the first match kicking off in Mumbai on March 17. The remaining matches will be played in Visakhapatnam (March 19) and Chennai (March 22), respectively.
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