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5 challenges India will face against Australia in the ODI series

November 25, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

The India-Australia ODI series will begin on 27 November. The Indian team will play their first series after a gap of 9 months. The series will comprise 10 matches in total-3 ODIS, 3T20Is, and 4 Test matches. Here we list 5 potential challenges that India might face ahead of the ODI series against Australia:

1. Rohit Sharma’s absence

Rohit Sharma has battered the Aussies on several. Consequently, he is the second-highest run-getter for India against Australia, with a tally of 2208 runs. In the previous ODI series in January, Rohit Sharma smashed a century, proving how well he performs against Australia. The hitman’s presence will surely be missed in the ODI series. With him out, India needs a reliable opening duo to give them the ideal start that they require.

2. David Warner and Steve Smith’s inclusion

David Warner is arguably one of the most lethal batsmen in the world. He showed his class recently when he smashed 548 runs in just 16 matches. He also boasts an impressive record against the blue army, hitting 838 runs in just 19 games.

Moreover, India should not take Steve Smith lightly. The current RR captain has won matches on his day. It is not easy to bowl against Smith and will take some bowling to get rid of him. India needs its bowlers to deliver, or else Smith and Warner could run riot against them.

3. The advantage of adequate game time

Aussies have an advantage over the Indians in that they recently played against England in September. The Australian team is brimming with confidence as they beat England 2-1 to win the 3 match series. This would be to the disadvantage of India, which hasn't played an international match in 9 months.

4. Depth of the Australian batting lineup

The Australian batting lineup consists of many world-class batsmen. This includes the likes of Warner, Smith, Stoinis, Maxwell, and Cummins. Against such a lethal lineup, several bowers would crumble. If India wants to avoid such a situation, they would need bowlers such as Shami and Bumrah to perform.

5. Australian bowler Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc didn’t appear in IPL 2020, as he wanted to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the tournament was eventually postponed. With an ample amount of rest time, Starc will look to terrorize the Indian batsmen. This could be a worry for Team India.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth