Confirmed Playing 11
Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Mayank Markande, Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Peter Handscomb (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile
India vs Australia, 1st T20I
24th February 2019, 7:00 PM IST
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Visakhapatnam has hosted just one T20I before and India rolled over a hapless Sri Lankan side who were bowled out for a mere 82. However, looking into the ODI stats, it is a pretty high scoring ground and teams chasing have won five out of the eight ODIs. Hence, we could be in for a run-fest.
The conditions are expected to be pretty hot and humid with very little chance of rain.
It’s barely been a month since India completed their long and full-fledged Australian tour and they are playing the Aussies once again. This time it’s the men from Down Under who have travelled down to India for a limited-overs series as both teams look to build towards the all-important World Cup.
The tour will get underway with a couple of T20Is. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah return to the Indian side while a couple of other key players (Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav) have been rested. Hardik Pandya will miss out due to injury. Meanwhile, most of the Australian players were involved in the Big Bash a couple of weeks back and will be looking to continue that momentum.
India and Australia have played out a couple of draws (1-1) in their last two T20I series (October 2017 and November 2018). However, Australia have won just one T20I in India and will be looking to correct that record. On the other hand, India will be looking to extend their dominance in the shortest format against Australia.
Head to Head
Total Matches – 18
India – 11 wins (61.11%)
Australia – 6 wins (33.33%)
No Result – 1 (5.56%)
Form (most recent to oldest)
India – LWLWNR
Australia – LNRWLL
It was a tricky decision to pick the wicket-keeper. Both MS Dhoni and Alex Carey have been in decent touch. Dhoni gets the nod and will want to continue his good form that he has developed this year.
Alternative: Alex Carey
D’Arcy Short has been in fabulous form in the Big Bash. For the second year in a row, he finished as the highest run-getter in the tournament. He would love to translate that form and give Australia a good start. Aaron Finch who hasn’t been in the best of forms in recent times looked good towards the end of the BBL. Ashton Turner also had a good season but faded away towards the end.
Virat Kohli is back in the side and will want to hit the ground running straight away. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant will be looking to shrug off an indifferent New Zealand tour.
Alternatives: Rishabh Pant
Marcus Stoinis has had a wonderful summer in international and domestic cricket. In the BBL, he amassed 533 runs and picked up 14 wickets. On the other hand, Krunal Pandya has been a regular member of the Indian T20I side. He has done well as he’s picked up 10 wickets and has played a couple of good cameos.
Like Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah returns to the Indian side after a break. He will be looking to start from where he left off. Yuzvendra Chahal has been India’s lead spinner in limited-overs cricket and has done really well. In the absence of Kuldeep Yadav, he will lead the spin attack. Pat Cummins also makes a comeback to the white-ball sides and will look to get back in the groove as Australia build towards the World Cup.
Alternative: Jhye Richardson
Captain: Marcus Stoinis
Vice-captain: Virat Kohli
Player to watch out for: Yuzvendra Chahal
The Haryana leggie has an excellent record at home in the shortest format. He has picked up 22 wickets at a strike-rate of 11.32 and an average of 14.09. Also, he has been in very good form in recent times. Hence, he is a player to watch out for.