India have reserve players for World Cup in squad for Australia series
- Big series for Aaron Finch, who recently retired from ODIs
- Focus on India’s injury returnees
The defending T20 world champions Australia are all set to travel to India as the road to the upcoming T20 World Cup speeds up. India and Australia will compete in three T20Is in this series with an aim to prepare themselves for the mega event.
The first T20I of the series will take place at Mohali on September 20th before moving to Nagpur for the second game on September 23rd. The short tour will conclude on 25th September with the third T20I at Hyderabad.
India are coming off a very disappointing Asia Cup, where they were knocked out in the Super 4 after losing to Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The men in blue will take some positives from the tournament, with Virat Kohli returning back to form and Arshdeep Singh impressing in death overs.
Overall, India have played 26 T20Is this year, winning 19 of those and losing six. Australia, on the other hand, have won seven out of nine T20Is they have played this year. December 2020 was the last time these two teams faced each other in T20 cricket, where India were triumphant by 2-1.
Australia last played this format in June when they faced Sri Lanka away from home, winning the series by 2-1. India defeated England by 2-1 followed by a 4-1 series win over the West Indies ahead of the Asia Cup. They won both the group matches against Pakistan and Hong Kong but lost two in the Super 4, later finishing the tournament with a dominant win over Afghanistan.
Who are the favourites?
The head to head record between the two teams is tilted towards India with 13 wins out of 23 matches compared to nine by Australia. In the last six games, the scoreline is levelled at 3-3.
Australia will be without their key player David Warner while Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis have suffered injuries recently. India are likely to have their full strength available for this series and Kohli’s return to form is great news for them. India will be the favourites to clinch the series.
India favourites to win first T20I
Despite the recent exit from the Asia Cup, India have some big names bolstering the squad for this series and are favourites to beat Australia in the first match of the series in Mohali. India have odds of 1.53 to win the match.
Virat Kohli ended the long wait of over two years and smashed the 71st international century during the Asia Cup clash against Afghanistan. He scored 276 runs in five innings at an average of 92 while striking at 147, including a century and two fifties. His 122* off 61 versus Afghanistan was his first ever hundred in international T20s and it was a display of some sumptuous shots. Overall, Kohli has 3584 runs in T20I cricket at an incredible average of 52 and strike rate of 138, with 33 fifty-plus scores.
Glenn Maxwell is one of the best T20 players in world cricket and an extremely valuable batter for Australia in the middle order. The right hander has a terrific record in international T20s, having scored 2017 runs at an average of 31 while striking at 153. Maxwell has smashed three centuries and nine half centuries in the format. Maxwell is a more than handy off-spinner, picking 36 wickets in international T20s at an economy rate of 7.47.