After losing the ODI series, Team India will now face the Australian challenge in T20. The 3-match series will be played between the two teams from December 4. The first match will be played in Canberra on Friday. India’s record against Australia in T20 is excellent. India has not lost any series there for the last 12 years. Earlier in February 2008, India had to face defeat here.
The last time when India toured Australia in 2018, the series was at 1-1. At the same time, India made a clean sweep 3–0 against Australia 4 years ago. The team was then led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India’s weight is heavy in T20 series
A total of 8 T20 series have been played between the two countries so far. In this, India has won 3 and Australia 2, while 3 series have been drawn. Talking about overall matches, both have played a total of 9 matches against each other in the bilateral series held in Australia. In this, India has won only 5 and Australia in only 3, while one match has been inconclusive.
Kohli will remain strong
Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has applied 2 FIFTY in ODI series, will also be responsible for Indian batting in T20 series. Kohli has scored the highest average against Australia in this format. Kohli has scored 584 runs in 16 matches against the Kangaroo team at an average of 64.88. It is followed by Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.
Dhawan, Rahul and Pandya will be on watch
Team India will have high hopes from Lokesh Rahul and Dhawan, who have been in great form in IPL. In the league, Rahul had the highest score of 670 and Dhawan scored 618. In the ODI series too, Rahul and Dhawan had put a fifty each. Apart from this, the return of Hardik Pandya will strengthen the team. Pandya scored 90 in the first ODI and 92 not out in the last ODI. Pandya also took a wicket while bowling in the second ODI.
Bumrah is the most successful bowler against Australia
Jasprit Bumrah has been the most successful bowler against Australia in T20 for India. Bumrah, who made his debut against Australia, has taken 15 wickets in 11 matches against this team. It is followed by Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav.
The performance of Team India’s bowlers in ODI series was disappointing. Barring the third ODI, the Indian bowlers could not take a single wicket in the power-play of both the opening matches. In the third match, T Natarajan, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav have certainly raised India’s hopes.
4 challenges for Indian team in T20 series
- Like in ODIs, Rohit Sharma is not part of the Indian team in the T20 team. In such a situation, Team India may have to struggle a bit.
- The Indian bowlers will have to overcome ODI captain Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and David Warner.
- Glenn Maxwell has returned to form. In such a situation, India will have to dismiss them in T20 as soon as possible.
- Indian bowlers will have to get into their rhythm, as they had to struggle for wickets in the ODI series, especially in the powerplay.
Australia ranked second and India third in world rankings
Australia ranks second in the ICC T20 rankings with 275 ratings and India is third with 266 ratings. In such a situation, this 3 match T20 series is very important for both the teams. Australia will have a chance to win it again to be number-1 in the rankings, while India would like to improve their position.
7 batsmen and 3 all-rounders in 16-member Indian team
In T20, Team India has 7 batsmen including Captain Kohli. They also include Lokesh Rahul and Sanju Samson as two wicketkeepers. Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar are 2 all-rounders in the 16-man squad. Among the spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal will assume responsibility. The reins of the fast bowling will be on the shoulders of Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini and T Natarajan. Suspense remains on the bowling of Hardik who emerged from the injury.
Batsman: Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul (wicketkeeper), Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper).
Bowler: Jaspreet Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, T Natarajan, Navdeep Saini.
All-rounder: Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar.
Batsman: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Marnus Labushane, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Adam Jampa, D’Arki Short.
Bowler: Pat Cummins, Sheen Abbott, Ashton Egger, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye.
All-rounder: Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Danielle Sams, Marcus Stoinis.