India vs Australia, 1st T20 International Match  |  Photo Credits: AP
- 1st T20 International match between India and Australia
- The first T20 will be played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
- India’s effort will be to find a solution to these problems
Mohali: India will try to sort out their proper combination, especially the middle-order issue, ahead of the shortest format’s World Cup in the three-match T20I series against Australia starting Tuesday. In the six matches before the World Cup, some fast bowlers may have been rested, but except this, India are going with their strong team. After Australia, India will host South Africa for three matches.
Maintaining flexibility in the T20 format would have been important but skipper Rohit Sharma has already made it clear that his players will try to find answers to all questions ahead of the ICC event in Australia. Although India batted well in the Asia Cup, it also made many changes during this period. India’s bowling vulnerabilities also came to the fore in this tournament, but the return of Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah has strengthened the attack.
Will Virat Kohli open?
Rohit made it clear that only KL Rahul will open the innings with him in the World Cup, but there is a possibility that Virat Kohli will open the innings with him. Kohli, who scored a century in his last T20 innings, can be fielded as an opener. The top four batsmen in the Indian batting order are fixed but it is not yet decided whether Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik will be selected as the wicketkeeper in the playing XI.
Karthik or Hooda, who will be the finisher?
With Ravindra Jadeja injured, India may prefer Pant over Karthik as he is a left-handed batsman. Karthik has been roped in for the role of ‘finisher’. He barely got a chance to bat in the Asia Cup but the team management may give him a chance to spend some time at the crease in the next two weeks. Deepak Hooda played in all the Super Four matches in the Asia Cup but there is no clarity on his role in the team.
Due to Jadeja’s injury during the Asia Cup, the bowling balance in the team was disturbed. India were forced to play with five bowlers and did not have a sixth option in bowling.
circumstances will be taken care of
If India keep Axar Patel, who has been replaced by Hardik Pandya and Jadeja, in the playing XI, they will have an additional bowling option. There could be two spinners in the form of Axar and Yuzvendra Chahal along with the fast bowling attack of Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal and Hardik. Keeping in mind the conditions of Australia, the team management will prepare the team composition for these matches.
Finch’s form and Tim David’s eyes will be on
Australia, on the other hand, has come to India without some key players including David Warner. Warner has been rested while Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh have been given time to recover from injuries. All attention will be on skipper Aaron Finch, who recently retired from ODIs due to his consistent poor performance. He will try to return to form before the World Cup. All eyes will also be on another player Tim David, who will make his Australian debut after playing international cricket for Singapore.
The teams are as follows:
AustraliaSean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Greene, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
IndiaRohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
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