International cricket will be back from tomorrow and it begins with India tour of Australia. India will begin their international season after a long break of 8 months due to the pandemic. Later in the day New Zealand will play West Indies and at night as per Indian timing, England will take on South Africa as well. With so many series starting at once, cricket fans will have a carnival type of experience after so long. However, Australia vs India will surely be a series with the highest attention.
And one of the things that draw people’s attention is the exciting and interesting players battles. In this series, there are a lot of exciting players even though Rohit Sharma will miss it. And with exciting players, come interesting players battles. In this article, we take a look at 5 interesting players battles to watch out for in this series.
Virat Kohli vs Adam Zampa
Australia surely knows how important is it to get Virat Kohli out and out early if they have to win in ODI series. India and Kohli also know the importance of his wicket, especially in the absence of the second best batsman of the team Rohit Sharma. Aussies will likely attack him with Zampa in the middle overs.
Virat Kohli and Adam Zampa spent a lot of time together when they played for RCB in the last IPL but we all are well aware of the rivalry between them, at least in numerical terms. Zampa has got Kohli out on a few occasions and that’s what makes it an exciting rivalry. Zampa has got Kohli out on 5 times in ODIs while Kohli too has scored 174 runs against him at a strike rate of 117 which is quite impressive.
Shikhar Dhawan vs Mitchell Starc
Shikhar Dhawan had a wonderful IPL as he finished at number 2 in the run scorers list, just behind KL Rahul. In Rohit’s absence, Dhawan’s role gets much bigger when he plays for India. He will have the responsibility of giving the team a good start and it goes without saying considering he will have the inexperience of Mayank Agarwal to work along with.
From Australia, Mitchell Starc who has got Dhawan out 3 times in ODI cricket will have that responsibility of removing him early in these matches. Dhawan has scored 52 runs in the 69 balls bowled to him by Starc and he has been dismissed thrice by the left hander.
David Warner vs Jasprit Bumrah
Much like how stopping Indian batsmen is going to be a challenge for Australian bowlers, the tables will turn when Indian bowlers would come out to bat. Australia have some star batsmen like Warner, Finch, and Smith at the top and they combined make Australia a dangerous batting unit. However, to save India from their threat, Indian team will rely on Jasprit Bumrah.
It comes as a surprise to all of us that Jasprit Bumrah has never dismissed Warner in ODI cricket yet. Warner has scored 84 runs against him in 86 balls without getting dismissed but what will help Bumrah in this series is the technology. Everyone must have seen how Jofra Archer dismissed Warner in last limited overs series in England and Bumrah must look to bowl the same channel to Warner.
Aaron Finch vs Mohammed Shami
Aaron Finch didn’t have a great IPL and he is probably only one of the few players featuring in this article who struggled in the IPL. Tell you what, who didn’t struggle in the IPL was Mohammed Shami who will be threatening for Australian batsmen with the new ball in the upcoming series, particularly to Finch who struggles a lot against good swing bowling.
Although Finch has produced really good numbers over the years against Shami. Shami has dismissed him only twice while Finch has scored 161 runs against him at a strike rate of 93. The point one should note is that most of those runs came in 2013 series when wickets were totally flat. All Shami will need is some help from the pitch early on, all Finch will need is not much swing early on.
Glenn Maxwell vs Yuzvendra Chahal
Out of all the five players battles in this piece, this is the most bowler dominated one. Glenn Maxwell has become a bunny of Chahal over the years and Indian captain will use him as a trump card against him in the coming matches for sure. Chahal has dismissed Maxwell 4 times while Maxwell has only managed to score 40 runs against him. It is a battle which has been won by Chahal so far and Indian fans would be hoping for it to continue.
Even on the last tour, when Chahal played the solitary game in Australia, he picked up 6 wickets in a decider so his role will be fairly important in this series.