MOHALI: One positive emerging from India’s forgettable Asian Cup campaign is Virat’s goal of the century Kohli after a long three-year gap. Playing after a six-week break, Kohli scored in the fiery 71st-century international, albeit in an unimportant game against Afghanistan.
Kohli’s special (122 not out of 61 balls) was made possible, according to the batsman himself, by sticking to a “tried and tested” pattern where six balls were not a priority. Kohli said as much in a chat with the captain Rohit Sharma.
Now that the burden of achieving that elusive ton is over, all eyes will be on Kohli’s approach when he starts the first of three T20I games against Australia on Tuesday. After this series, India is expected to face South Africa in three more T20I games from September 26 before the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
In addition to keeping an eye on Kohli’s form, India will also be interested in their best combination in these home games, with captain Rohit Sharma gave his boys a license to extend their “limits”.
Keep an eye on Rahul
An eye will also be Rohit’s main opening pick, KL Rahulapproach your rounds with a quality bowling lineup made by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. “KL Rahul will open up for us at the T20 World Cup. We won’t be testing much in that position. His performances are often noticed. He is a very important player for India. ” said Rohit.
For his part, Rahul said on Monday, “The roles that have been defined for each player over the past 10-12 months are very clear and a player understands what is expected of him and what direction people are heading. Looking forward to that. the biggest impact for the team when stepping on the pitch.”
Pant or Karthik or both?
Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda will be tasked with aligning the middle while the batter’s position will once again attract proposals from different areas, with lefties Rishabh Pantdespite repeated defeats in the shortest form, has a slight advantage over ageless Dinesh Karthik, also the designated finisher.
“Both of them (Pant and Karthik) are high-quality players, these decisions are not easy. But it all depends on what kind of combination we want to go when looking at the conditions and secondly is the teams we’re competing against as a team, coach, captain and team leader, we look for whoever fits the role on that particular day he gets to play,” Rahul said.
In the absence of the almighty star Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma may be tempted to test a similar alternative to Axar Patel for the sixth bowling option, although captain Rohit feels Ravichandran Ashwin’s batting ability also comes in handy. The return of Jasearch Bumrah and Harshal Patel clearly added to the pain of the speed division with Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading the pack.
Australian tempo squad exhausted?
The defending world champions Australia are both unbeaten in their last two and will continue in a similar fashion. Kangaroo gave their main players, including David Warner, for a short tour. Even so, the team doesn’t lack resources with things like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and captain Aaron Finch boast sufficient IPL experience. In addition, Tim David is also no stranger to Indian dramas, thanks to his association with IPL brands.
While the selectors decide not to risk the trio of Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh, all of whom are recovering from minor injuries ahead of the World Cup, replacements Daniel Sams, Sean Abbott and Nathan Ellis will be keen. prove a point against a strong challenge at home. .
From India’s perspective, the opener at PCA could give Rohit & Co. a great opportunity to fill in the gaps after a dismal Asian Cup.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandaran Ashwin, Yuzvendra ChahalAxar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasearch Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Australia: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa