Australia vs India, What an exciting tournament we have on the card. The Indians have already arrived in the Land of the Kangaroos and in less than ten days we will have the first match between the two heavyweights of the sport. The tournament is set to take place from the 27th November to 19th of January and will consist of 3 ODI, 3 T20I and 3 Test Matches.
The tour promises to be an exciting one for various reasons. Mainly being that this would be the first series the Indian team will be playing post the lockdown. In what came as a huge relief to the cricketing world was the Indian Premier League that took place in full swing and this series definitely would bring more relief to the players and fans as this could be the beginning of normalcy in the Cricket World.
We know the series between India and Australia is always going to be high caliber and high intensity and for that reason the players give out their best. We know both the teams consist of players of the highest quality.
Cricwizz takes a look at the five Indian players who to watch in the T20I series which is set to begin on the 4th of December.
1) Washington Sundar
The youngest of the squad, Washington Sundar from what we saw in the recently concluded Indian Premier League is someone to watch out for. He has played for Team India on a few occasions but this time though things will be different as he will be playing against one of the strongest cricket nations ever. The 21- year old all- rounder is someone who loves to be challenged and he will be looking forward to using all his experience and knowledge gained throughout.
The spinner was part of the RCB squad in which the opposition captain Aaron Finch was also a part. Can he use the experience of bowling to the Australian in the nets to his favor?
Sundar has played 22 T20I for Team India and managed to pick up 19 wickets at an economy of 6.93.
2) Sanju Samson
The Wicket- keeper batsman has been making the headlines ever since his debut in the IPL and has also managed to make into the Indian side on occasions. But his inconsistency added to the already well settled wicket- keepers in the side has made him stay out of the contention. But this time around for his brilliant batting performance he was called up to don the blue once again.
With KL Rahul in the side, it could be hard for the youngster to make it to the playing Xl as the Keeper. Said that his sheer ability to clear the boundaries could make a contender for the finisher slot along with Hardik Pandya.
Samson has represented Team India in 4 T20I and managed to score only 35 runs at a strike- rate of 97. Will this series be a turning point for the hard- hitter?
3) T. Natarajan
If you watched the IPL, you know him. Yes, the Yorker machine- T. Natarajan. It is quite surprising that the pacer has played for the highest level yet as he was seen bowling some exceptional deliveries in the IPL which even the best batsmen in the sport failed to play. His wickets in the IPL season include MS Dhoni, Ab de Villiers, Virat Kohli and many more. He is definitely an exciting find for Team India and he will be thriving to bowl against the Aussies.
There could not have been a better occasion for the Tamilnadu pacer to make a debut than against the Australians and it would be exciting to see how the Aussies approach his toe crushing Yorkers.
Natarajan is a regular face in the Sunrisers Hyderabad line-up. He has played 22 matches in the IPL and picked up 18 wickets at an economy of 8.20.
4) Shreyas Iyer
He needs no introduction, The skipper of the Delhi Capitals who created record by becoming the youngest captain to lead the side to an IPL final. The 25- year old Right- hander is definitely a future prospect of the ‘Men in Blue’ and it would not be long before we see him cement his place in the playing Xl despite the heavy competition. His incredible stroke- play and ability to pace his innings according to the situation will come very much handy in the Australian conditions. Do keep an eye on him as he is sure to create an impact.
Shreyas Iyer has played 21 T20I for Team India and scored 417 runs at a strike- rate of 129.5. He also has an excellent average of 50 in ODIs and a strike- rate of 100.
5) Deepak Chahar
The CSK pacer- Deepak Chahar is someone who well deserves to be in Indian team after his consistent performances over the years in the domestic level. The 28- year old also holds a handy record at the International level as he has picked up 17 wickets from the 10 T20I he has played for the Indian side. His economy of 7 is also something to be appreciated in the shortest format.
Given his strength is swing bowling, he would be excited to use the conditions in Australia in his favor.
Out of the five players. Who do you think will be able to make a statement this much awaited T20 series which begins on the 4th of December?
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