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The Indian team is on a tour of Australia under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. The team will play their first ODI series between Corona from 27 November. The entire tour will be bio-secure. Team India have a chance to win the 7th bilateral ODI series against Australia.
A total of 12 ODI series have been played between India and Australia so far. In this, both have named 6–6 series. Australia played 2 bilateral ODI series against India at home, one won and one lost.
Before Corona, the Indian team last landed in Dharamsala ODI on March 12. The series was against South Africa. However, the first match was canceled due to rain. The remaining two matches of the series were then canceled due to Corona.
India defeated Australia 2–1 in the previous series
The last time the Indian team played a 3 ODI series was in Australia in January 2019. Team India won the series 2–1 after losing the first ODI. Even then, the command of the Indian team was in the hands of Virat Kohli. Australia’s captaincy was also with Aaron Finch. This time also a 3 ODI series will be played between the two teams.
140 ODIs have been played between India and Australia so far. In this, Team India won 52 matches and lost 78, while 10 matches were inconclusive. The Indian team played 51 ODIs against Australia in its home, out of which 13 have been won and 36 have been lost. 2 ODIs remain inconclusive.
Sachin is the top scorer against Australia
Former cricket Sachin Tendulkar tops the list of highest runs in ODIs against Australia so far. He has scored 3077 runs in 71 ODIs with 9 centuries and 15 fifty. The top-5 of this list includes only captain Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan from the current 16-member Indian team. Kohli has scored 1910 in 40 ODIs and Dhawan has scored 1145 runs in 27 matches.
1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev is still the top wicket taker in ODIs against Australia. He has taken 45 wickets in 41 matches. The current team does not have any bowlers in the top-5 Indian bowlers. Among the bowlers in the Indian ODI team, only Ravindra Jadeja took the maximum 27 wickets in 33 ODIs against Australia.
5 challenges for Indian team in ODI series
- Rohit Sharma, the world’s only player who has scored a double century in ODIs, is not included in the Indian team. In such a situation, Team India may have to struggle a bit.
- Steve Smith and David Warner are making a comeback after facing a 1-year ban due to ball tempering. These two giants will have to overcome the Indian bowlers.
- The Indian team is playing the first ODI series between Corona, while Australia has come into form after playing 3 ODIs on the England tour in September. Australia beat England 2–1 at their home.
- The batting lineup in the Australia team is quite strong. It includes opener Warner, Marnus Labushane, Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Maxwell and Pat Cummins. However, the Indian bowling lineup also has players like Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
- Mitchell Starc did not play IPL this year to prepare for the T20 World Cup. However, the World Cup to be hosted in Australia has also been postponed for two years. In such a situation, Stark can throw full strength in the series.
8 batsmen and 2 all-rounders in 16-member Indian team
Team India has reached Australia with 8 batsmen including captain Kohli for the ODI series. They also include Lokesh Rahul and Sanju Samson as two wicketkeepers. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are the two all-rounders in the 16-man squad.
Among the spinners are Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav apart from Jadeja. The reins of the fast bowling will be on the shoulders of Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur. Hardik, who emerged from injury, may not bowl.
Indian ODI Team
Batsman: Virat Kohli (captain), Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Mayank Agarwal and Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper).
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur.
Australia ODI Team
Batsman: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (wicketkeeper), Steve Smith, David Warner, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper).
All-rounder: Marnus Labushane, Moises Heinrich, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Symes, Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye and Adam Jampa.