The first T20I of the three-game series between India and Australia kicks off in Mohali on September 20th and it will be on the Men in Blue’s mind to advance to the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup after beating the defending champions on home conditions .
India will start their home series against Australia on September 20th. The next T20I game will be held in Nagpur on September 23, followed by the third and final T20I game on September 25 in Hyderabad.
Although India couldn’t get past the Super Four stage of the 2022 Asian Cup, they have some positives in this series. The tallest of all is Virat Kohli, who is regaining his form. ‘King Kohli’, as fans call him, hit 276 runs in five innings during the Asian Cup, including a century, the much-anticipated century and a half. The way the ball found the center of his racquet was a sight not seen in a long time and fans would hope to see more of it.
Openers KL Rahul and skipper Rohit Sharma need to lay a solid foundation for a big score by making a positive start filled with the attacking brand of cricket they are known for. However, KL needs to score well in all three games with an excellent batting average as he has been hot and cold since returning from injury, which has threatened his opening spot.
This series is a chance for in-form, mid-tier racquets like Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant to score big against a world-class team that currently has the biggest prize in T20I cricket. Pant has scored well against Australia in the past and it would be his chance to prove his worth as a T20I player, a format he has struggled in.
The Indian bowling attack was bolstered by the return of pacesetters Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel. Both will look forward to getting under the gates on their return as the World Cup draws nearer. Fellow pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar and spinners Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal must also do well.
Australia, on the other hand, come to the series after a few T20I series wins throughout the year and a 3-0 win over New Zealand in ODIs. Many eyes will be on globetrotter Tim David, who has been included in the Australia squad. He could be really dangerous with his no-look shots, Big Sixs and Indian bowlers have to beware of him.
Skipper Aaron Finch needs to correct his poor form by scoring against India to improve his side’s chances in the series and also in the World Cup. This series will also be an opportunity for star batter Steve Smith to establish himself as a T20I player.
Although Australia will be missing stars like Mitchell Marsh, David Warner and Marcus Stoinis, this series will be a good opportunity for all-rounders like Cameron Green and Daniel Sams, batter Josh Inglis and Pacer Nathan Ellis to make their case as the future of Men in Yellow .
Australia travel to the subcontinent with a top-flight bowling attack consisting of Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins. With their quality, they can wreak havoc in any conditions.
Australia Series India squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
Australia’s squad for T20I series vs India: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
(With inputs from ANI)
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