An India-Australia T20 game is always eye-catching, and history doesn’t disappoint us. Be it the low-scoring game at Melbourne in 2007, or Yuvraj Singh’s blitzkrieg at Durban just a few months later, or the virtual quarter-final at Mohali in the 2016 World T20, these two fantastic foes never seem to disappoint us.
India has bought back Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik and the veteran Ashish Nehra for the t20 series, while Australia has almost all T20 specialists in their squad in Behrendorff, Dan Christian, AJ Tye etc., So what do these two teams have in store for us in the upcoming T20 series?
Here are five players who are the ones to watch out for.
1 Ashish Nehra
He is one player that really caught the attention of many viewers when he made his comeback in the T20 series in Australia, and he has featured in every T20 series then, apart from one-off T20's in the West Indies and Sri Lanka. He has made a decent return to the international circuit.
Apart from keeping it tight in the first few overs, with his stock delivery of swinging the new ball back into the right-hander, he also has a good slower ball at the death overs, which we saw in the England series against Ben Stokes, although he struggles at the death, missing his yorker target sometimes.
He also has five wickets in five matches against Australia with an economy of 7.35 and an average of 29.39. He and Jasprit Bumrah can be a good combo; will Kohli play Nehra, Bumrah and Bhuvi at the same time? Only time will tell.
2 Jason Beherendorff
The 27-year-old quickie from Sydney has been waiting long enough to get a call-up into the Australia squad, at least for T20's. He has impressed with his ability to swing the ball both ways in the BBL. He has 53 wickets for the Perth Scorchers in just 37 innings for the Scorchers with a miserly economy of 7.26 and a good average of 19.47.
It will be interesting to see how he bowls at people like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, both who have a good scoring record against the Aussies, and being top order batsmen, should face a pretty tough test in the young left-arm fast bowler, who along with Andrew Tye, who was called up as a replacement for Pat Cummins, can cause some damage
3 Dinesh Karthik
He is experienced enough to walk into any side in Indian cricket, be it international or domestic. But since MS Dhoni is donning the gloves, Dinesh Karthik's role is that of a specialist batsman.
He had an IPL season with 361 runs in the 2017 edition with a 36.1 average, which is good considering he bats lower down the order, and he also scored a quick-fire 48(29) in the one-off T20 in the West Indies. He is a capable batsman, but whether he will turn up, come the crunch scenarios, remains to be seen
4 Andrew Tye
His death bowling has improved a lot, with the knuckleball and the other slower delivery being his stock ones, which fetched him 12 wickets in 6 matches in IPL 2017, which included a hat-trick before he was injured and unable to play the rest of the tournament.
He got hammered the last time he played India in the three-match series in early 2016; let's see how he will bounce back. He was drafted in as a replacement for speedster Pat Cummins, and pressure will be on him and Behrendorff to deliver the goods for the Aussies.
5 Virat Kohli
It had to be him. He loves the Aussies, and his records are a proof for that. With a staggering average of 66.83 and a strike-rate of 144.76 in 9 matches against the Kangaroos, Kohli has been the main man for Indian batting.
He single-handedly won the virtual quarterfinal in Mohali during the 2016 World T20 and also scored runs in plenty during the three-match series in early 2016. Stats speak for the man, and for a player who is supposed to be the next "Sachin", early signs suggest he is living up to that reputation.
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