India Vs Australia : Tough Series Ahead
After dominating Sri Lanka in the T20I series, India will face a tougher task when they will take on Australia in the three-match ODI series.
The last time Australia played an ODI series against India in India, they came from behind after being 0-2 down to win the series 3-2. This was India’s first ODI series defeat under the captaincy of Virat Kohli at home. Virat Kohli’s men will now look to take revenge in the forthcoming series.
Ind vs Aus: Previous Series
Usman Khawaja was the highest scorer of the series with 383 runs in 5 matches at an average of 76.6 including two hundreds. Khawaja, who had become the first Australia batsman to score two centuries in a bilateral ODI series against India, also holds the record of most runs against India in a 5 match bilateral series. Peter Handscomb also impressed with 236 runs at a strike rate of 92.18.
Pat Cummins was the highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets in just 5 matches which included a 4 and 5 wicket haul. Cummins holds the record of taking the joint most wickets for Australia against India in a bilateral ODI series. Mitchell Johnson was the other one who took 14 wickets in 7 matches during Australia’s tour to India 2007-08. Former West Indian fast bowler Patrick Patterson (17 wickets in 6 matches ) holds the record of most wickets in a bilateral ODI series against India in India.
This was only the second time that an opposition team won a 5-match bilateral ODI series against India after being 0-2 down. Pakistan was the only other team who achieved it during their 2005-06 tour.
Rohit Sharma became the joint third fastest batsman with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to score 8,000 runs. Rohit, who have hit more than 400 sixes now in international cricket, had crossed MS Dhoni’s record of most sixes for India in ODIs(217). No player has now hit more sixes in ODI & T20I cricket for India than Sharma.
Virat Kohli achieved the record of least innings to score 4,000 ODI runs as a captain. Kohli crossed it after 63 innings while AB de villiers reached there after 77 innings. Virat Kohli hit his 8th ODI 100 against Australia in just 36 matches which was only behind Sachin Tendulkar(9 of 71 matches). Kohli, who now holds the record of most centuries in winning causes in ODIs (35), also crossed Sachin Tendulkar’s tally 33 during the series.
India become the second team to win 500-plus ODIs after Australia when they defeated Australia in the second ODI at Nagpur.
Australia chased down a target of 359 runs successfully against India which was their highest ever target successfully chased in ODIs and it was also the highest by any team against India in 50-over cricket. First time India lost an ODI after scoring 350-plus runs while batting first. 359 for 6 was the joint highest team score of Australia in India with 359 for 5 (Jaipur in 2013).
The series win in India has marked a big resurgence in Australia’s fortunes across formats. They have won 27 and lost just 6 matches after that series which is the best win-loss ratio among all international teams since then.
Analysis of 2020 India-Australia Series
This series is going to more exciting as the present Australian side is stronger side as compared to the one of 2019 especially with the return of Steven Smith and David Warner. Current sensation in world cricket Marnus Labuschagne will also look to take his Test form into ODI cricket. Australia will miss the firepower of both all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis. Both the snubbed Melbourne Stars are in sublime form in the Big Bash League.
On the other hand, Indian team will be more or less the same that played against West-Indies in last ODI at Cuttack. Only headache the team management will face is to choose one between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.
Weather Forecast & Pitch Report
Conditions in Mumbai for the first ODI are expected to be warm and humid, with temperatures hitting a high of 27 degrees Celsius. The Wankhede stadium is always a batting paradise and tough task for the bowlers specially while defending a total in the second innings, the reason why captain winning the toss would like to bowl first.
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (vc), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (vc,wk), Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins (vc), Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson
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