Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said hosts India hold the upper hand against Australia and will thrash Michael Clarke’s men 4-0 in the upcoming Test series which starts in Chennai from February 22.
“This is a young Australian team. They were even beaten on their home ground consistently. We should defeat them easily and 4-0 whitewash is a real possibility,” Harbhajan said at a promotional event here yesterday.
Harbhajan felt the current Australian team lack match winners and are less threatening compared to previous sides.
“(Earlier) they had 11 champion players. Right from Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath — they were unbeatable as a unit. Ricky Ponting was a class act as well. It will be difficult for the Australians to replace them,” he said.
The 32-year-old also said that he is confident of making a comeback to the Test side for the Australia series. “I have bowled a number of overs in the Ranji series and I am feeling good about my rhythm. I am trying to utilise whatever opportunities of match practice I am able to get. I am hopeful that I will make the cut for the Australia Test series,” he said.
He also explained the reasons behind giving up the captaincy of Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians. “Being a captain is added responsibility and it took a lot out of me. At present, I just want to focus on my game. Hence, I decided to give someone else a chance. I wish the next skipper all the best.”