The Indian cricket team is present in Australia for the first international bilateral series in the Corona era. Team India has to play three ODIs, three T20s, and four Test matches under the match starting this month. The series starts on 27 November when the two teams in Sydney face off in a 50–50 over match.
Team India toured Australia in 2018-19 and won the three-match ODI series 2–1. At that time, players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal, performed well for the Indian team. However, the situation is different for Team India this year. This time both Dhoni and injured Rohit Sharma, who retired in the ODI series, will not be there. In such a situation, the team will have higher expectations from these five in-form players.
The experienced opener of the team and Rohit Sharma's partner Shikhar Dhawan will have more responsibility this time. Given his current performance in the IPL, the team will have high expectations from him. Dhawan batted tremendously in the 13th season of IPL played in the UAE. He became the first player in the league to score two consecutive centuries. Dhawan scored 618 runs in 17 matches at an average of 44 in the IPL this year. He also scored four half-centuries in the league.
In the IPL, Kings XI Punjab captain and Team India's current wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul batted tremendously in the IPL and earlier bilateral series. While he scored 670 runs at an average of 56 in the IPL, before that in New Zealand, he had scored a half-century and a century in three matches. Given Rahul's current form, the team will have high expectations from him.
The team's fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah made headlines in the IPL with strong bowling. This time Bumrah took 27 wickets in 15 matches, during which he averaged 15 while the economy was close to seven. Bumrah, who struggled without a wicket on the New Zealand tour, worked on his mistakes in the lockdown and performed brilliantly in the IPL. He has bothered the batsmen with a wide variety of variations from the precise yorker. Now Bumrah would like to retain IPL form on Australia's fast pitches.
The team's leading spin bowler, Yuzvendra Chahal, is currently in superb form. He also bowled brilliantly in the IPL playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chahal was the only spin bowler in the top 5 wickets in the IPL this time. He took 21 wickets in 15 matches. Chahal also bowled heavily in New Zealand this year. He took six wickets in his two matches there.
Indian team all-rounder Hardik Pandya played the last ODI in Manchester in July last year. After this, Pandya was injured and left the team. But now Pandya has recovered from the injury and in the IPL he has also indicated to be in form with his quick batting. Hardik scored 281 runs in 14 matches in this year's IPL. In this, he also played match-winning innings for Mumbai Indians with a half-century innings. Hardik's strike rate was also close to 180, he hit 25 sixes in the tournament and finished third in terms of most sixes. Hardik, who has been out of the team for a long time, will also be desperate to make a mark this time.