Following the defeat in the one-day series due to lack of options, the Indian cricket team can give a tough challenge to Australia in the three-match T20 series starting on Friday as it is full of options. A 1-2 defeat in the ODI series opened up India’s weaknesses in this 50-over format.
Sundar performed brilliantly in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore when he was used by captain Virat Kohli in the powerplay and middle overs. Hardik Pandya is not bowling regularly. In such a situation as Ravindra Jadeja, the only specialist all-rounder was in the ODI team.
IPL discovery Yorker specialist Natarajan is expected to debut in T20 cricket on Friday, who impressed with two wickets in the first ODI. The Manuka Oval pitch is expected to help both spinners and fast bowlers. In such a situation, it has to be seen who will start the bowling with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami or Deepak Chahar. Yuzvendra Chahal, who failed in ODIs, will also be trying to return.
In the batting, KL Rahul can now open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan after landing at number five in ODIs. He also started the innings against New Zealand. He is expected to retain the IPL form in which he scored the most runs this season. Captain Kohli appeared in one-day form and would like to continue. Shreyas Iyer could not turn a good start into big innings but now would like to score big.
The victory in the third ODI has served as a tonic for the Indian team or else a clean sweep in the ODI series would have reduced the morale of the team. Australia, on the other hand, are on a high after winning the ODI series. Star batsman David Warner, however, is out due to injury. Now it remains to be seen whether Marnus Labushen lands with Captain Aaron Finch or someone else. Marcus Stoinis can also start the innings but he was also hurt in the ODIs and his playing right now is doubtful. In bowling, Mitchell Starc may return after being ruled out of the third ODI, while Pat Cummins has been rested due to workload management.
Teams: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T. Natarajan.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Alex Carrey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Symes, Ken Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Darcy Short, Adam Zampa.
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