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India vs Australia: 5 Players To Watch Out For In T20Is
- Updated: November 19, 2018
The much awaited India’s tour of Australia is all set to begin on the 21st of November with a 3-match T20I series. While Australia’s form has slipped dramatically in the past ten months, one can expect a cracker of a series as they are playing at home. There will be a lot of talent on display in this T20I series from both sides. Here is a look at five players who can make a difference in the series.
Having already scored the highest ever individual T20I score by a batsman – 172 against Zimbabwe in July at Harare – Aaron Finch has shown he is in terrific form in the format in 2018. The hard-hitting Australian opener averages 47.60 in T20Is this year at a strike-rate of 188.14 with 1 hundred and 2 fifties and will certainly pose a real challenge for the Indian bowlers.
He is India’s best batsman across formats by some distance and yet again Indian captain Virat Kohli will continue to be the crux of India’s batting order. Kohli averages an outstanding 48.88 in T20I cricket and has 18 fifties to his name. The kind of form the master batsman has shown this year across formats and given his liking for Australian pitches, one can expect him to score his maiden T20I hundred in the upcoming series.
The tall Australian pacer has been in great form in T20I cricket this year. In fact, in Australia’s stunningly disappointing 2018, Tye’s performance has been one of the few shining lights. The fast bowler has 29 wickets in 16 T20Is this year at an average of 17.51. Tye produces good bounce and has subtle variations that can trouble the batsman along with his speed. He will certainly be Australia’s main weapon.
If there is one batsman who might pose a bigger threat to Australia than Kohli, it is Rohit Sharma. The talented Indian batsman is fresh from his record 4th T20I hundred recently against the West Indies and would be hungry to continue his form. Rohit already has 2 hundreds and 3 fifties in 16 T20I games this year. And once he gets set on these Australian pitches, he can really cut loose.
Spin bowling has been Australia’s folly many a time and with the form that India’s Kuldeep Yadav is in, the home team will really be wary. The left-arm chinaman bowler is playing his first year in international T20 and has already grabbed 17 wickets in 6 T20Is at an incredible average of 8.23 and an economy of 6.22. Kuldeep has been giving the ball a good flight and has been a genuine wicket-taker in the middle overs. He had performed well in England earlier this year as well, also taking his maiden T20I 5-wicket haul, and would look to assert his dominance over the fragile Australian batting.