India vs Australia 2020: As BCCI announced the squad for India’s Australia tour last night, the entire nation was stunned with the inclusion of several names and even the axing of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma. Both the players copped injuries in the ongoing IPL and will be monitored by the medical team of BCCI to check if any last moment addition is done to the squad.
However, a few surprises pick for the Indian team was CV Varun who got a call up for the shortest format of the game, and Shubman Gill who made it to the ranks of ODI and Test teams. We will look at the best possible T20 playing eleven that can challenge Australia down under.
Openers for the T20 series: India vs Australia 2020
KL Rahul (wk) and Mayank Agarwal
The opening duo of Kings XI Punjab has been the most successful partnership so far throughout the tournament and will be eager to leave an identical impact against the mighty Aussies in their den. Rahul has meliorated himself by leaps and bounds and the maturity that he has shown in IPL 2020 has been absolutely top-notch. More importantly, he has mastered the art of knowing the exact juncture where he can put a foot on the pedal and accelerate. Mayank Agarwal has been one of the most dominant batsmen in the tournament and has not shied away from attacking the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, two of the fray’s most destructive bowlers. He loves to resort to the aerial routes and can provide a much-needed kick-start to the innings.
Virat Kohli (cap), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja
Kohli has been the finest Indian batsman on the Australian soil and will be raring to continue with similar momentum throughout the tournament. He takes his time to get his eyes set and once he is in, he starts smoking the bowlers into all corners of the park. More importantly, a better version of himself comes out under pressure.
Shreyas Iyer has validated his mettle in IPL 2020 and it has been his leadership with the bat that has seen Delhi mapping out wonders. HE has been extremely persistent and also attacking at the same time. He loves to play on the front foot and is not someone who will sit back and defend even in the worst of ordeals.
Manish Pandey is an experienced campaigner and will be one of the best picks for this Indian side. He is an aggressive batsman and can start hitting the bowlers without taking too much time. However, if the situation demands him to be slow and steady, he won’t hesitate to oblige.
Hardik Pandya has hunted the bowlers in a pack with Kieron Pollard. He has been brutal and on the same page, he has carved some exquisite strokes against the best of the bowling options in the ongoing extravaganza. He is also an all-rounder and can be absolutely lethal in the death overs.
Ravindra Jadeja is currently India’s best all-rounder and it is his bat that has saved the blushes for Chennai in multiple occasions. He knows to bat down deep and he bats aggressively are the best fielder on the Indian side and is a regular wicket-taker. He will continue being India’s best bet against the Aussies.
India vs Australia 2020 T20I series: Bowlers
Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami
Navdeep Saini has been an absolute revelation of the ongoing tournament and his knack of kissing the deck at 148 plus on frequent occasions has grabbed the limelight of the selectors. His flair for keeping himself calm is something that will be a massive relief to Jasprit Bumrah.
Yuzvendra Chahal has evolved himself into a deadly spinner and his wizardry with the ball has weaved magic throughout the tournament. He has mixed his variations and has also magically disrupted the partnerships. He will be a major challenge against Australia.
Jasprit Bumrah will be India’s best bet with the ball in the hand and his specialty in the death overs will be a challenge against the best of Australian batsmen, considering the blend of yorkers and bouncers that Bumrah can hurl.
Mohammad Shami has been extremely dangerous in the echelons of IPL 2020, swinging the ball both ways and hitting the deck at 145 to 148 plus kays. He is a consistent performer and is absolutely destructive with the new ball in the hand.