India vs Australia:- Key battles ahead of the T20I series

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India vs Australia:- Key battles ahead of the T20I series

20 Feb 2019 130 Views Yash Mittal

The Big Picture

India is all geared up to lock horns with Australia in a 2-match T20I series which will be followed by a 5-match ODI series.

In this article, we'll have a look at the key battles which may go on to define the narrative of the series.

Here's a look-

#5 Hardik Pandya vs Adam Zampa

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There is no doubt that Hardik Pandya is the most fearsome batsman to bowl at if you're a spinner; Just ask Adam Zampa, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Todd Astle, and Malinda Pushpakumara.

Pandya's hat-trick of 6s vs spinners-

  • Adam Zampa [2017]
  • Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan [2017]
  • Malinda Pushpakumara [2017]
  • Todd Astle [2019]

Each of the aforementioned names has one thing in common. All of them have been taken apart from Pandya for three consecutive sixes; the most recent being Todd Astle.

Pandya missed out on the Australian white-ball tour and will be looking to assert his dominance- especially against Zampa, in the forthcoming series.

#4 Jason Behrendroff vs Shikhar Dhawan

Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has been in indifferent form in the past few months. Left-arm fast bowling has been the nemesis for the southpaw during India's white-ball tour across the Trans-Tasman sea.

Shikhar Dhawan vs Left-arm pacers [Last 8 ODIs]

Dismissals- 6, Trent Boult- 4, Jason Behrendroff- 2

While Trent Boult accounted for Dhawan on four occasions in the five-match ODI series, Jason Behrendroff claimed the Indian opener twice Down Under.

Dhawan's nemesis has been the outswinger that lures him to drive away from his body, something Behrendroff will be looking to exploit in the upcoming T20I series.

#3 Aaron Finch vs Jasprit Bumrah

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6, 6 and 14. These were Aaron Finch's score in the recent ODI series against India. Finch, who has been a prolific white-ball batsman for his side over a period of time has been in horrendous form ever since he made his debut in Test cricket.

The likes of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar exposed the chinks in his armor; the most obvious being his technique against the inswinger. While he'll be relieved to not face Bhuvi in the T20I series, the Aussie captain will have an arduous task of facing the skiddy Jasprit Bumrah.

Bumrah is making a comeback to the white ball set-up after a whirlwind Test series Down Under in January, and with his skiddy action can continue to trouble the Australian opener by attacking his pads and off-stump.

#2 Yuzvendra Chahal & Mayank Markande vs Glenn Maxwell

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It's no secret that Glenn Maxwell fancies himself against the spinners. In the past, Maxwell vs Ashwin used to be a great contest with the former taking the off-spinner on while the latter played on the batsman's ego.

Glenn Maxwell vs Yuzvendra Chahal

No of dismissals- 9, ODIs- 3, T20s- 6

In the recent past, Maxwell vs Chahal has emerged to be a great contest. Chahal is a fearless bowler who isn't afraid to go for runs, and it is this trait that has helped him get the better of Maxwell on numerous occasions. The Indian leg-spinner has accounted for Maxwell six times in International cricket [3 in ODIs, 3 in T20Is] and thrice in the Indian Premier League.

Debutant Mayank Markande has also shown in the IPL that his wrong'un can outfox the best in the business. Maxwell vs the spinners in the middle-overs may well decide the narrative of the game.

#1 Jhye Richardson vs Virat Kohli

Kohli vs Richardson contest won't be same this time: Hayden

You consider yourself lucky if you account for Virat Kohli once in your career. How about accounting the best batsman in the world on as many as three occasions? Ask Jhye Richardson.

"In the recent series (in Australia), Virat did have some trouble against Richardson, who played beautifully, taking Virat's wicket thrice. But, I believe it will be a very different scenario this time around. Jhye is a young player, not with a lot of experience of playing cricket in India, so I believe Virat will be dominant in this one," Hayden was quoted by Times of India.

The Perth Scorchers' bowler made a surreal impact in the recently concluded ODI series against India where he dismissed the Indian captain in all the three games. Richardson finished with six wickets in the three-match series and used the short ball to great advantage.

With the pitches in India unlikely to assist the same bounce, it is perhaps time for King Kohli to assert his dominance again.

 

Yash Mittal

Bharat Army Sports Writer

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