Mohali: Team India will face Australia in the first match of the 3-match T20I series today.
The series is expected to be a good warm-up for the T20 World Cup next month. Meanwhile, the Indian team is in a position to solve the problem of middle-order batting and 6th bowler through the current series.
In the recently concluded Asia Cup series, the Indian team performed well with the bat but made a lot of changes. The flaws in the bowling were exposed in this series. Now that Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel are back in the team, the bowling department may get stronger.
Virat Kohli scored a century against Afghanistan in the last match of the Super 4 round in the Asia Cup.
As he has returned to form, the Indian team management may test him by fielding him as the opener in the Australia series. Using Dinesh Karthik as a wicket-keeper batsman? Or use Rishab Bandh? is yet to be resolved.
With Ravindra Jadeja injured, Rishabh Pant may be preferred considering the need for a left-handed batsman.
Deepak Hooda played all the matches in the Super 4 round of the Asia Cup. But his role in the team remains unclear. India’s bowling was in disarray after Jadeja was injured in the Asia Cup series. From 6 bowling options, we were forced to play with 5 bowlers.
With Hardik Pandya replacing Jadeja with Axar Patel, India could get an extra bowler. Axar Patel and Yuvendra Chahal can act as primary spinners in this regard. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and Hardik Pandya can strengthen the pace department.
As for the Australian team, they face the series against India without leading batsman David Warner. Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stainis, Mitchell Marsh are also out due to injuries. This might give the Australian team a bit of a backlash. Apart from this, everyone’s attention is on the recently retired captain Aaron Finch from ODI cricket.
Finch retired from ODIs due to poor form. With the T20 World Cup on home soil, Aaron Finch may look to score runs in the series against India. And perhaps the most noteworthy player will be power-hitter Tim David.
Having played international cricket for Singapore, he has recently been cleared to play for Australia. He is likely to make his debut in today’s game. Tim David has made a name for himself through his performances in T20 leagues around the world. He may try to replicate it at a higher level.
Time: 7.30 pm
Live: Star Sports
Virat towards achievement…
Virat Kohli needs 207 more runs to become the second highest run scorer for India in international cricket. Virat Kohli has so far scored 24,002 runs in 468 matches in all forms of international cricket. This includes 71 centuries and 124 fifties.
Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 34,357 runs, followed by Rahul Dravid with 24,208 runs. In the T20I series against Australia, if Virat Kohli scores 207 runs, he will overtake Rahul Dravid to take the 2nd spot. He will also move from 7th to 6th place in the world.
2 more sixes..
India captain Rohit Sharma is just 2 more sixes away from hitting the top spot in the list of most sixes in T20I cricket. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill holds the top spot in this category with 172 sixes. Rohit Sharma is 2nd with 171 sixes. Rohit Sharma will hit a record 2 sixes in the first T20 against Australia today.