BCCI announced the squad for India’s tour of Australia which is all set to convene from November and India will be returning to the international duties after a long hiatus of eight months and also in a grim situation called the new normal.
The squad had significant influences from IPL 2020 that saw major names being dropped while new monikers grabbed the limelight. This tour of Australia will test the mettle of several youngsters, especially Kohli who will be leading a young brigade right in the den of famished lions.
We will be looking at the best possible ODI squad amongst all the names chosen that can lead a remarkable tour in the history of Indian cricket.
KL Rahul (WK) and Shikhar Dhawan
Rahul has been in subliminal touch throughout IPL 2020 and has showcased exemplary maturity in stroke-making, leadership and most importantly in playing painstaking knocks without succumbing to pressure and those knocks were match-winning ones. His perfect confluence of truculence and sustainability will make him a perfect opener in the shorter format of the game against Australia. Shikhar Dhawan started the tournament on a shaky note, barely managing to fire a fine knock. However, the southpaw got back his scoring touch and drafted two fine centuries to announce his comeback. His presence in the squad will mean the availability of experience higher up the ranks.
Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (cap), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja
Shubman Gill has showcased exemplary stroke-making ability in IPL 2020, especially against batsman’s biggest foe, short balls. His pulling flair is impeccable and his dexterity in belting the best cricketing shots even under crunch situations will make him an absolute favourite at number three. In fact, number three has always been a spot for India’s run-machine, Virat Kohli. However, in case of an early landslide, Gill can walk in and anchor the innings that will provide ample time to Kohli to attack the bowlers once he walks out.
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best batsman in the current India roster and he will continue to be India’s biggest threat in the imminent series. Despite a sloppy start to IP 2020, the Indian skipper roared back to his known ways in stunning fashion and led Bangalore to an unparalleled resurgence which now sees the team in the third spot, a rarity in the team’s IPL history.
Shreyas Iyer has been absolutely stellar with the bat and he continues to be one of the most imposing batsmen of Delhi Capitals. He is an attacking batsman and proved his mettle in the series decided of India versus Australia in January last year that saw Iyer’s cameo proving to be instrumental in the end. He is a fearless attacker of the ball and a fine fielder. He is also honing his leadership skills and will be an excellent addition to the squad.
Hardik Pandya has been substantiating his greatness as a hard-hitter of the ball on a daily basis for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai hasn’t really used his bowling much but the fact that he can roll his arms for a good deal of overs along with those monumental strikes emerging from his blade. His fielding has also significantly improved and he will be one of those all-rounders leading India’s charge against Australia.
Ravindra Jadeja has been India’s best all-rounder in the recent days. Not only is he the best fielder in India at the moment but his bowling has been extraordinary. In the ongoing edition of IPL, he has been one of Chennai’s rare shafts of hope in an otherwise doomed campaign. He is known for significant wicket-taking capability and will be a crucial name to rattle things up if Australia gets a partnership going.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah
First and foremost, if you are expecting that this tail is going to add anything more than 10 runs, it is a pipe-dream and will be nothing short of incredible. However, this tail may be insignificant with the bat in the hand but will be absolutely destructive with the ball.
Chahal has been one of the finest spinners of the IPL and has previously exhibited some classic bowling ability against paragons of the game. He has a lot of variations and this year’s IPL will be distending his confidence by a good deal.
Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t really been used to his fullest by KKR but he is one of the most capricious spinners of India to decipher and has been absolutely lethal against Australia. The Chinaman knows exactly what he is doing and his knack for wickets will make him an incredible pick for the spinners’ line up.
Mohammad Shami has never been any better than his current incarnation in the IPL. Not only has he generated inhuman pace but the amount of seam and swing that he has been bowling with has left the best batsmen dazed and confused. He was always known for his swing and Australia’s surfaces along with the wind that blows out there will prove to be absolute heaven for him to roll his arms to.
Last but definitely lightyears away from the least, Jasprit Bumrah will be the one spearheading India’s bowling attack against Australia. Hitting the deck at extra-terrestrial speeds of 145 plus kays on a regular basis that comprises nasty bouncers, perfect yorkers and brutal bodyline deliveries, Bumrah can make wonders happen with the ball in his hand.