The upcoming cricket series between India and Australia will once again see some tough times for both teams. Both teams are well equipped and will like to be in the groove in the run up to the World Cup.
The battle lines have been drawn. The on field rivalry between India and Australia in cricket will once again be at the fore. However, India will be without their regular captain M S Dhoni. In his absence stand in captain Virat Kohli will lead the young Indian team.
India’s Recent Performance
India is fresh after drubbing Sri Lanka 5-0 at home. The clean sweep has given India lots of confidence to play Down Under. India is currently with some of the most attacking batsmen in the world.
Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma are the three of them. To add to that the presence of an all rounder like Ravindra Jadeja will also add value to the team.
Australia’s Recent Performance
Australia is fresh from the win they registered against South Africa in the recently concluded five match ODI series. By defeating the Proteas, they have once again grabbed the first position on the rankings. This will give them a boost to perform against a tough opposition like India.
Opportunity to Young Players
The first Test gets underway in around 10 days time. In between, India has two match practice games to play. This should give good opportunity to those players who are traveling to Australia for the first time. Not many players have played a Test match here before. So, these games are very important to them.
Batting will once again depend on star players like M S Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. It remains to be seen how many of them get to play as specialist batsmen. These six players, on their day, can be far more destructive than anyone can imagine. The recent 264-run innings from Rohit Sharma is an apt example of this.
But, it will be wrong to see just one side of the coin. Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Shane Watson are in a real threatening form, which can easily be a reason to worry for the opposition captain. Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and James Faulkner along with Shane Watson can be difficult to score off in their own backyard.
Indian Bowlers Need to Hit the Bull’s Eye
For Indian bowlers, this series can be no less than a nightmare. Only the experienced or the real exceptional bowling from Indian pace and spin attack can give India any chance of terming their bowling as an ‘attack’. But, let’s not be too pessimistic as cricket has always known to dish out surprises by stepping out of the conventional ways.
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