Aus vs Ind : Key takeaways from the T20I series

The three-match T20I series between Australia and India ended yesterday at Sydney with India winning the game by six wickets and leveling the series 1-1.

In the course of three matches, there were quite a few interesting highlights. Here is a look at some important takeaways from the T20I series.

Rahul and Pant’s lack of form a big concern for India

Together, Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant had a total of 47 runs in this T20 series. While Rahul looked horribly out of touch again and struggled to get things going, Pant was intent on playing wildly and giving his wicket away. In fact, had Pant not given his wicket away to a cheeky shot in the first T20I, India would have won this series. The form of these two players, or the lack of it, will seriously worry the management now.

Adam Zampa’s form a big relief for Australia

Going at an economy rate of just 5.50, Adam Zampa proved his worth in the T20I series for Australia. The young leg-spinner bowled tight lines, turned the ball well and rarely let the batsmen dominate him. Zampa’s performance in the middle-overs will be a great relief for Australia and if he can continue this in ODIs as well, he can be a top contender for the World Cup in England.

Krunal Pandya is the real deal

With his spell of 4-36 – the best figures by a spinner in T20Is in Australia – Krunal Pandya showed why he is such a value addition to the Indian limited overs team. While he did go for runs in the first game, he came back superbly in the second match and then showed his best in the last one. Krunal is a wily left-arm spinner and is also a smart lower-order batsman. He can be utilized with greater effect in limited overs cricket now.

Shikhar Dhawan’s outstanding limited overs form continues

With 117 runs in 2 innings at an average of 58.50 and a strike-rate of 182.81 in the T20Is against Australia, Shikhar Dhawan has rightly been adjudged the Man of the Series. Dhawan continued on his rich limited overs form from this year and struck the ball beautifully to all corners of the park. He was aggressive and assertive and set the tone for India. India would hope he continues this form in the ODI series.

A promising start for the tour

Barring the abandoned second game, the two T20I games of the series were well contested and went down the wire. And had the rains not intervened in the first two games, the results might have been in favor of India. Regardless, a depleted Australia would happily take the 1-1 for now. And India would be satisfied with fighting it out and getting some good individual performances. The T20I series has really set up the big tour nicely now.

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