Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

India, Australia set to resume high-scoring rivalry

India, Australia set to resume high-scoring rivalry

After tourwashing Sri Lanka last month, Virat Kohli's Team India will face a stiffer challenge when they take on world champions Australia in the first of the five-match ODI series, starting Sunday, September 17 in Chennai. Thus onlookers now-a-days wait for India-Australia matches just like they wait for India-Pakistan matches.

478: Runs by Australian skipper, George Bailey, against India the last time they toured.

So much so that after the conclusion of the Border-Gavaskar series, either captains were asked about the status of their friendship. Australia's last limited-overs' trip against India in India was abortive but since then many things have changed. The Australians are treating him as a serious threat, even recruiting the services of a left-arm leg-spinner from Kerala to practice in the nets leading up to this first ODI.

Bringing an end to Australia cricket team's domination in World Cups, India handed Ricky Ponting's team a crushing defeat in the quarterfinal of the ICC World Cup 2011.

The fact that coach Darren Lehmann has skipped the limited-overs tour to India to prepare for the clash against their old rivals only goes on to establish the importance, or the lack of it thereof, attached to the bilateral ODI series that begins with a day-night match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.

"I think Shikhar has obviously been playing well for India for the past year or so at the top of the order".

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With the Sri Lanka series, Team India took one step towards their plan of rotation and experimentation to create a batting-order line up so versatile that batsman can produce as in when required from any position. And also the players involved in the series, you know, that becomes more exciting and players are more pumped up to win games and outdo each other.

Kohli has the tough job of choosing between KL Rahul and Manish Pandey for the number four spot as both Karnataka batsmen have proved their worth in the past. And he is someone who needs to be backed because we believe that he has the ability. I am not sure but we are ready for both. In case skipper Kohli prefers to give Jadeja, who has been resting for a while, some time to get back into the groove, he has the option of playing both the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Yadav made his test debut against Australia in Dharamsala and took 4-91.

The team defeated West Indies 3-1 in the ODI series before losing the sole T20I.

"Sometimes they are good but they don't get the opportunity".

For India, too, the series is more about testing the waters for the bigger stage that is the 2019 World Cup. "You can say what you want, you can keep talking the whole time but if you don't deliver on the field it doesn't matter".

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