5 Talking Points On The India v/s Australia Series Starting Today

Hosts India tackle Australia in a 3-match ODI sequence beginning immediately, to be performed at Mumbai, Rajkot and Bengaluru. This would be the first time that the 2 groups face off for the reason that world cup recreation in London final June, a match that India comprehensively received. The final bilateral ODI sequence between the 2 sides was additionally in India early final yr, a 5-match sequence that Australia went on to win 3-2 after being 1-2 down. Both groups crashed out of the world cup on the semifinal stage, and have had respectable runs in ODI cricket since then. Moreover, Australia boasts of getting the most effective ODI document on Indian soil amongst all visiting groups, which is why one can anticipate this sequence to be a cracker. Here are 5 speaking factors on the sequence.

The stars of the final sequence are again

Two Aussie gamers who missed out on the 2019 world cup marketing campaign have been Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner – the heroes of final yr’s Mohali ODI during which Australia pulled off a document chase of 358. However, with David Warner and Steve Smith’s return to worldwide cricket and Marnus Labuschagne‘s rapid rise, these two now find themselves a few notches below in the pecking order. Nonetheless, their experience from the previous series will count. On the whole, Australia’s center order appears a tad extra strong than India’s this time round.

Expect some large scores

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith – viewers might be spoilt for alternative! Both groups pack some heavy batting may, and have scored in extra of 300 in eighty % of their final 20 ODIs, with not a single rating beneath 200. Expect the sequence to be a run fest.

The greatest bowlers on this planet might be on show

Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins and Mohammed Shami in the identical sequence? The greatest within the enterprise have their activity reduce out on batting-friendly pitches in opposition to a few of the largest batting stars in cricket. They received’t take to being smashed round very kindly. Both groups have full-strength sides that look evenly matched, which makes this sequence a mouth-watering contest.

An issue of lots

Virat Kohli has stated that he’ll think about transferring himself down the order in order that the three in-form openers – Rohit, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan – can play collectively. This implies that Kedar Jadhav might be dropped, provided that Shreyas Iyer might be at 5 and Rishabh Pant at 6. Another possibility is that KL Rahul may maintain wickets to accommodate Jadhav rather than Pant. Either means, the motive is to play a heavy prime order to compensate for a scarcity of expertise and hitting (Shivam Dube is new, Pant is inconsistent, Hardik Pandya is lacking) within the center order. Ravindra Jadeja might be essential once more, with the ball in addition to the bat.

Shocking omissions

Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell should not a part of the Australian squad for this sequence. Maxwell had earlier opted to take a break from cricket attributable to psychological well being causes, and is presently enjoying home cricket. Khawaja’s axing has stumped many, given how prolific his 2019 was (1,085 runs in ODIs at 50). Australia have opted for younger Marnus Labuschagne, who has been in glowing check kind recently, over Khawaja’s confirmed limited-overs pedigree. This is uncommon however bold in how they’re already trying in direction of the 2023 World Cup.