Dubai: Former India captain Kapil Dev believes that if the Indians are able to successfully handle the experienced Ricky Ponting, they will automatically enhance their chances of beating Australia in the upcoming four-Test series, starting on December 26.
"Ricky Ponting is the most important player. He is an experienced player and if India can control him then we can control Australia. Remember experience always comes in handy in the long run. He has scored enough runs against us and is due for a big score," said the 1983 World Cup winning captain.
The 52-year-old, who played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs, said this is India's best chance of upsetting Australia in their own backyard as they are no more the ferocious team they used to be.