India vs Australia Test match series will start from December 17. The Border-Gavaskar trophy has given us some memorable matches in the past and we look forward to an equally competitive and entertaining series. But the question is how the teams will fare?
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How a Test series is won? One simple answer is with performances. Individual as well as team performances is the key to success for any team. There are certain players in the team who have a bigger responsibilities and the team looks to them in the need. With the likes of Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, we look at some of the names that can play a bigger part in the series for their respective teams.
Australian cricket team is always dominant in their home conditions. With the pace and bounce in the Australian pitches, the visiting teams have always struggled against the mighty Australians. Australia are currently topping the table in ICC Test rankings closely followed by New Zealand and India.
Tim Paine will captain Australia and he will depend upon some of his men highly. The top 3 dependable players;
You just can’t take the world number one Test batsmen out of your ranking, can you? Leading the batting charts in the Test batting with 911 points, Steve Smith is a player that every team wants to be in its playing XI. The last time when Smith was not the part of the playing XI against India, Australia lost the Test series.
A reckoning-force in batting with massive runs in Australia. Steve Smith is the key player in the upcoming series. He alone can demolish any bowling line-up and his wicket is one of the crucial wickets for the opposition.
Returning in style after is famous Newlands scandal, Smith was the man of the match for Australia in the 2019 Ashes series. And once again, he’ll be the most important player for the team against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
Playing his role in the 2019 Ashes after coming in as the substitute of Steve Smith and then ultimately fixing his place in the playing XI, Marnus Labuschagne has a story to tell. In his last eight Test innings, he has scores of; 185, 162, 143, 50, 63, 19, 215, 59 and is ready to rock-and-roll once again.
Coming at number 3 position, ahead of Steve Smith, gives a lot of time to score runs and he has availed every opportunity that he has got. It will be a treat to watch how he will go against the mighty Australians with their fiery pace attack.
The number one Test bowler in the rankings, Pat Cummins. An important member of the team leading the pace attack along with Mitchell Starc. A world-class bowler and a handy lower-order batsman, Pat Cummins is a complete package that gives team enough flexibility.
With plenty of newcomers and experienced Indian batsmen, Cummins bowling will be important in giving edge and wickets to his team.
Indian cricket team is coming into the series as the current trophy-holders. Currently number 3 on the ranking list below Australia and New Zealand, India have some world-class players to once again knock Australia out in their own backyard.
Virat Kohli, the regular all-format captain, will lead India but only in the first Test match. After that, he will head back home as his wife is due to give birth to their first child. Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the team, will lead team India in Kohli’s absence. The top 3 dependable players;
The last time when India defeated Australia in Australia, Cheteshwar Pujara was the man of the series. He top-scored the batting charts with 521 runs in the series with three centuries. In the process, he also notched two man of the match awards and completely dominated the Australia bowlers.
2020. Cheteshwar Pujrara has to do a Pujara-2018-19 if India are to win the series again. A Test specialist that has experience and composure. A senior player in the team and thus becomes the most important member of the team.
Virat Kohli Ajinkya Rahane will captain India in the last three Test matches that adds extra responsibility on his shoulders. A senior member of the team plus the captain has to lead from the front. Rahane was the part of the squad that wrapped-up victory against Australia the last time when team India visited Australia.
Ajinkya Rahane has a big role to play in the series and must lead the contingent in batting in the absence of Virat Kohli.
One of the key players in any format of the game, in every match, in every tournament. You can’t just keep out Jasprit Bumrah in any important series.
Jasprit Bumrah was the leading wicket-taker in the victory series against Australia in 2018-19. He picked up 21 wickets and was crucial and played his part in getting a 2-1 victory against the Warner-Smith-less Australia.
But since the uplifting of the ban of David Warner and Steve Smith, both are part of the squad. There are plenty of Australian batsmen that Bumrah needs to think of and the team will be depending on him in breaking the barrage of the mighty Australians.