After completely thrashing Australia and New Zealand in their tour down under, India are set to resume their rivalry with Australia in India as both teams are on their final leg of their ODI tours before the mega cricketing circus, the World Cup which resumes on 30th of May.
After India were outclassed by Australia in the recently concluded T20I series, the Men in Blue would like to bounce back and win the series comprehensively which will psychologically boost the side before going into the World Cup.
Balanced line-up – The Indian line-up is now moreover completely balanced with all positions covered. KL Rahul will challenge Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for the Openers role, while Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant fight it out for the Number 4 role. Further, Kedar Jadhav solidifies the Indian batting-order in the number 7 position, while Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will fight it out for the role of the all-rounder in the team. The spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal ably justify their position in the team with their recent exploits in limited overs cricket, while the pace troika of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the answers in fast-bowling department.
Daunting bowling attack – India possesses a potent bowling attack that can dismantle any team’s batting-order at ease. Even though Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the first two ODI’s, yet India possesses quality bowlers at their disposal, such as Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, and Yuzvendra Chahal. These bowlers can single-handedly lead their team to victory and especially against the present weakened Australian batting-order.
No quality finishers – One of the problems that India is facing in ODI cricket for a long time is that they have no quality finishers in the squad especially after the injury of Hardik Pandya. MS Dhoni, although he is back amongst runs but has definitely lost his aura of winning matches single-handedly, and the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja haven’t much proved us yet of their finishing abilities, although both of these players have won India some of the close encounters in recent times.
Presence of death-overs bowling specialist – The likes of Jhye Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Pat Cummins all specialize in bowling death overs, and when the two teams had earlier met in Australia, they had proved the same when they defended a close encounter in the First ODI through their impressive display of death-overs bowling. The same is expected of these speedsters in this ODI series as well.
Presence of Limited Overs Specialists – Even though the Kangaroos are without Steven Smith and David Warner, yet they have specialist hard-hitting limited-overs players, such as Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, and Marcus Stoinis, who once set can seize the game within the grasp of their opponents within minutes as it was evident in the recently concluded T20I series.
Openers not amongst runs – Australia have tried a number of openers in recent times, right from Travis Head and Aaron Finch, Finch, and D’Arcy Short, Finch and Chris Lynn, Finch and Alex Carey, and the newest of the lot D’Arcy Short and Marcus Stoinis, but all have failed significantly and struggled a lot. none of the Australian openers are able to contribute to their team’s total significantly. None of the Australian openers are able to contribute to their team’s total significantly, and this has been one of the major reasons why Australia have lost in recent times a lot.
Considering a balanced side that India possesses, we expect them to easily win the match. All they need to do is take wickets regularly in the middle-overs and restrict the Aussies to a par total.
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