Although all cricketers rely on Test cricket, there is no doubt that India best suits in the shortest format. The entire squad nurtured on the T20 structure till about a week before leaving for Australia. There is no surprise as the mindset was seen in the One-day Internationals, and could also be seen in the upcoming Test series.
Currently, the "Men in Blue" are in the truncated mode, and there are as good as anyone, including the hosts Australia. So, winning the last ODI could very well see the confidence filtering into the T20I team. It could make this series possibly India's strongest suit during the tour Down Under.
T20 is a format where ascendancy needs to be maintained for a shorter time. Here, a knock of 70 or 80 is good enough, as compared to the 50-over format.
Australia effectively sealed the ODI series. Two centuries from Steve Smith and one from Aaron Finch grabbed the series. In contrast, Team India had one or two players coming good per match, giving them 300-plus runs in all the games. But the visitors just managed to pocket one win.
A great opportunity for young players like Shreyas Iyer to cement their place in the squad
The Indian bowling unit would be much happier bowling shorter spells. As for the hosts, they are essentially more professional in their approach. India works a lot on hype and body language, whereas the Aussies channelize this aggression into their batting and bowling.
In other words, the Men in Blue have their best chance of winning in the T20I format. The first match is to begin at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The series will be an ideal platform for Team India to build a strong team for the World Cup in November 2021. The upcoming three games and the five matches against England will help India to try out the best combinations.
India vs Australia series will also give young players like Shreyas Iyer a venture to fix their place for the shortest format. The 25-year-old had an excellent IPL, leading the Delhi Capitals to their first-ever finals appearance. Despite scoring heavily in the IPL with 519 runs in 17 league games, Iyer persisted in a horror run with the bat in the ODI series. This series will be an excellent opportunity for him to rectify his errors and fix his spot in the team at number four.