As Australia is all set to play a four-match Test series against India, which will start on 23 February in Pune and the former skipper Waugh felt that the team would have to keep calm under pressure and find ways to deal with Ashwin’s bowling.
Waugh said in praise of Indian spin sensation Ravi Ashwin, “Ashwin is basically the Bradman of bowling. What he is doing is quite incredible. I think he is the player we have to overcome. The Australians would have to look at ways to overcome Ashwin’s bowling. If Aussies can do that then we will have a chance. The guys need to stay calm under pressure.”
He further added on this, “The way he is playing at the moment, he is going to break a number of records. Ashwin’s statistics are just mindboggling.”
The 51-year-old legendary batsman felt that Team India is a very strong team in the Test format and Virat Kohli’s leadership is contagious in this situation this series would be a very difficult for Australia to beat them in their home soil and crowd.
At the Laureus Worlds Sports Awards, Waugh said, “India are playing very well at the moment and are a very settled side. Everyone is very comfortable in their roles. They are also playing a lot at home. It is very hard to beat them at home and that has been proved in the last couple of years.”
He said about Kohli’s captaincy, “Virat Kohli’s leadership is also very contagious. The Indian players feel positive and they feel they can do anything. It seems that the new Team India can achieve anything.”
However, Waugh felt that there are some Indian players who are not very well aware about Aussie’s and which that can benefit.
The former skipper said, “Australia will provide a pretty good test to the formidable Indian side. There are players that India do not know much about and that would work to Aussies’ advantage. The first Test will be very important. If the Aussies can get off to a good start and do well in the opening Test match, you never know. Anything can happen.”
Waugh insisted, “We have the potential to change our side after the first two Tests. If we do well in the first Test, we may spring a surprise. We might also be able to provide an upset.”
He further added, “The senior players need to do well and that is going to be a challenge in the opening Test. We have some match winners in our team. Sourav’s been a bit optimistic there.”
Waugh said that he dont know the reason of Australia’s recent bad performances in overseas series.
He added, “I don’t know the reason. It is a global game. You have neutral umpires. There are no excuses not to play well away from home anymore. Maybe, it is a mind thing. The very thought that you are playing away from home may be playing in their minds. Don’t know the reason why they have not been doing well overseas.”
“We always used to enjoy playing overseas earlier as there is less pressure as you are away from the home crowd, family, friends and the media. And you can relax.”
Waugh also expected that his side will do better than England in India. He added, “You have to be positive. England missed a trick in the first Test. If you have got injuries, you can’t sit back. You got to be positive. England should have won that first Test but they couldn’t and lost the momentum after that. Virat Kohli started doing well and then there was a Tsunami of support.”
The World Cup-winning former captain confidence that David Warner would do well in the upcoming Test series in India.
He stated on this, “David Warner is an amazing player. He is someone who has redefined the role of opening batting. He will be facing Ashwin and that will test him. It will be interesting to watch.”
The former Aussie skipper further added, “He doesn’t care about reputation, always backs himself and doesn’t get nervous. It will be a really good series. Whether Australia win or compete, Warner is going to score a lot of runs.”