Former Australia captain Steve Waugh paid Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin a massive compliment by terming him as the Don Bradman of bowling.
"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," Waugh said while speaking to the media ahead of of the Laureus Worlds Sports Awards.
The legendary Aussie added that the way Ashwin is bowling at the moment, he is going to break a number of records. “Ashwin's statistics are just mindboggling,” he added.
Waugh also added that Australia will have a tough time in India as the hosts, under Virat Kohli, are well settled. "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.”
"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," he added.
At the same time, Waugh reiterated that writing off Australia completely would be foolish. "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.
"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," Waugh explained.
"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," he went on to add.
--By A Cricket Correspondent