The Indian cricket team will make a comeback to international cricket against a veteran like Australia, amidst the new atmosphere in New Jersey and Corona. In the first ODI on Friday, he will miss his ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma. The absence of injured Rohit Sharma will definitely affect the batting order. This match will be played in Sydney from 9.10 am Indian time. The match will be broadcast live on Sony’s sports channels (Sony SIX, Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 3).
IND vs AUS: This is the record in ODI
So far 140 ODIs have been played between India and Australia (1980-2020), Australia has won 78, while India has won 52 matches. 10 matches between the two were inconclusive. So far 51 matches have been played against Australia in both of them on their soil. The host team has won 36, while India has won 13. Two matches did not yield results.
Virat Kohli’s team last played an international match against New Zealand in early March. The team, which has been away from international cricket for a long time due to the Corona epidemic, now faces a fierce race like Australia, which will not be easy to beat on its soil.
The Indian team will be seen in the Navy Blue Jersey of the 1992 World Cup. Those who believe in superstitions will not call it a good sign because India finished 7th in nine teams in that tournament. In cricket, past performance does not matter.
In Australia, the focus will be on how the team combination becomes perfect in Rohit’s absence. Mayank Agarwal will start the innings with Shikhar Dhawan or it will not be easy to cope with the balls of Shubman Gill, Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins.
The Indian batsmen are going to face the best fast attack, while Australia also have a skilled spinner in the form of Adam Jampa, who has troubled Kohli many times. In the presence of returning Steve Smith, run machine David Warner and rising star Marnus Labuschen in rhythm, the Indians will have to do their best to defeat Australia on their land.
The Indian XI may include both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami or the team management can field one in a match keeping the Test series in mind. In such a situation, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini can be given a chance.
For KL Rahul too, this tour will not be less than an ordeal. Vice-captain Rahul was in superb form in the IPL, which he would like to retain, but the real challenge is to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the wicket where he will have to catch the googly of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Rahul himself believes that it is not possible for anyone to replace Dhoni, but that ‘Prince of Ranchi’ has set such high standards of wicketkeeping that it is not easy for anyone to live up to him.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2020
Hardik Pandya specializes in aggressive batting at number six or seventh, allowing Kohli to land with two spinners. At number four, Shreyas Iyer did well on the previous tour.
Chahal will be a cause of concern for the Australian middle order. At the same time, Bumrah will have additional responsibility in the absence of a specialist death-overs bowler like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Three T20 matches are to be played after three ODIs. The Test series will begin on 17 December.
The teams are as follows –
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carrie, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Jampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Daniel Symes, Matthew Wade.