Considering the playing conditions in England, Manjrekar points out that Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara emerge as the reliable players in the squad who are expected to perform well with the bat. 

While acknowledging their capability, Manjrekar raises concerns about the current form of the other Indian batsmen, creating uncertainty around their contributions.

"If you see the top six and their current form and imagine that they are playing in England, who gives you the confidence - Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara is once again reliable player. Barring these two, there is a slight question mark on the others based on their form," he added.

Bowling: India's Key to a Comeback:

Undeterred by the challenges, Manjrekar asserts that India's bowling attack can be the catalyst for a comeback in the marquee event. He believes that despite Australia's initial strength, Test matches offer opportunities for turnarounds. 

The former cricketer places immense faith in the quality of Indian bowling, considering it a potential game-changer that could upset Australia's dominance.

“Bowling can probably bring India back into the game. You said there is one Test match, so there are fewer chances of making a comeback, but Test match cricket is such that if you don't play well in the first two days and you improve your game later, a comeback can happen,” Manjrekar further said.

"Australia start off as the stronger side to begin with, but I have tremendous faith in the quality of Indian bowling and they could upset the applecart," the former cricketer concluded.