Indian cricket team managed to draw the T-20 series last week which they deserved to win. The wrath of weather conditions came to Australia’s rescue in the first two matches. However, team India looked a much better side in spite of being unfamiliar with the conditions.
The Australian team is going through a really tough phase after the controversial ban imposed on former captain Steve Smith, former vice-captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. This Australian side has not been the same side ever since. They are trying to prove a point in every match, every series and making efforts to remove the stain from Australian Cricket. However, it is not helping their cause and they are struggling to find their consistency and stature back to rule the world cricket.
India, on the other hand, is flying under their captain Virat Kohli and are full of confidence. Many in-form Indian players like Dhawan, Pujara, Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav are ready to take up the fierce challenge down under. Their skipper has notably been in top-notch form in 2018. Kohli is number one batsman in Tests and ODIs, with over 1,000 runs in both formats in 2018.
Kohli was the best Indian batsman when India toured Australia last time around with four centuries in as many Tests and notched 692 runs, at a mind bobbling average of 86.25. Other team members will have to support him this time if they want to win the first-ever series on Australian soil. The very idea of fearless cricket under Virat Kohli is always fascinating but the young guns also need to prepare themselves mentally before going into this stern test series.
Tim Paine, the Australian Test captain, has got some real quality bowlers at his disposal, who becomes all the more lethal in Australian condition. Indian batsmen need to be disciplined with their shot selection and more confident with their approach than last time. Virat Kohli sets himself as the best example, who can play under any given condition. He has scored 992 runs on Australian soil, including 5 hundred in 8 Tests.
Indian bowling lineup is also strong with some really talented seamers and spinning options. Australian batting has not been at their best recently and will play without Warner and Smith after a long time at home. This series has a lot to promise and expectations are high when both heavyweights in world cricket collide in Adelaide. For India, it is the best opportunity to finally win a series in Australia and this long drought.