Harbhajan Singh: India can crush Australia 4-0 again

Updated: 23 February, 2017 13:07 IST | PTI |

Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has rated the current Australian team led by Steven Smith as the "weakest ever" in recent times to tour the Indian sub-continent

Harbhajan Singh

New Delhi: Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has rated the current Australian team led by Steven Smith as the "weakest ever" in recent times to tour the Indian sub-continent.

India are dubbed as overwhelming favourites against the Aussies with the first Test starting February 23 in Pune.

"I have played against some of the best Australian sides. In my opinion, looking at the composition, this is the weakest Australian side to tour India. I don't think this team has the wherewithal to cope with a quality Indian side in Indian conditions. It can again be 4-0 like 2013 season," Harbhajan told PTI in an exclusive interview.

When asked about his strong observations, Harbhajan, who got a record 32 wickets in the epic 2001 series, said: "That team in 2001 had Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh.

In this team, if you take Steven Smith and David Warner out, I don’t think this batting line-up can offer any resistance to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Both know how to get wickets on Indian wickets."

Australia scored 469 in the practice game but that’s against an India ‘A’ side in which there aren’t any of the first team players of the Test side. In fact, the Turbanator termed the England side that was drubbed 0-4, as a better outfit than this current Australian side.

First Published: 19 February, 2017 13:25 IST

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