MUMBAI: The glory ride that Indian cricket team has been on since Virat Kohli took over as captain is showing no signs of slowing down, especially with the Men in Blue getting an extended run at home. The three-match T20I series against Australia, starting on Saturday, is expected to present Indian fans with yet another opportunity to celebrate their favourite team’s success.
Having won their last six T20Is against Australia, Kohli’s men will start favourites when the teams clash at the JSCA Stadium here on Saturday.
While records point to an absolute domination by India, the Australians have in their ranks batsmen who can turn the table singlehandedly. David Warner and Aaron Finch, with enough experience in the Indian Premier League, are the most dangerous opening pair on paper.
The Australian captain Steve Smith also has happy memories of his last T20 outing in Rising Pune Supergiant colours, when, under his leadership, the side finished runners-up. His teammate Glenn Maxwell too was the captain of another IPL team – Kings XI Punjab – and has the ability to go for big shots.
But, then, the strength and experience on paper did not result in win in the ODI series and a major reason was that Indian bowlers fought back hard even when the Australians were going full steam. A perfect case in point is the third ODI in Indore, when Australia were 224/1 in the 38th over but in the next 12 overs, they could only take the total to 293/6.