Jayawardene hoped for an Australian victory in a closely contested series, as Sri Lanka still has a chance to qualify for the WTC final.
Former Sri Lankan captain and batting legend Mahela Jayawardene is the latest prominent cricketing figure to weigh in on the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy. Despite admitting that it would be a hard-fought series between two top-quality sides, he predicted a win for Australia in a recent interview for the ICC Review.
Mahela Jayawardene, who is enjoying his role as a consultant coach for his national team, is looking forward to the upcoming series between India and Australia. Both teams sit atop the World Test Championship points table and are favourites to reach the final later this year.
While the Australian team has not won on Indian soil since 2004, the Sri Lankan legend believes that Pat Cummins’ team has covered all of their bases in order to end their hoodoo in the subcontinent. He hoped for an Australian victory in a closely contested series, as Sri Lanka still has a chance to qualify for the WTC final.
“I believe it will always be a great series. I think the Indian conditions and how the Australian batsmen deal with them, they have a really good bowling unit, and how the Indian batsmen deal with it… It all depends on how each team begins the series and who has the momentum. However, it will be fascinating. It’s difficult to predict, but as a Sri Lankan, I’m hoping Australia can win it all. Australia will probably win 2-1, but it will be a tough one.” According to Mahela Jayawardene