World number one test team India will lock horn against Australia this December as the visitors would like to improve their record in overseas conditions. If we are to talk about the recent form of both the teams, Australia, who are playing without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, does look like a weaker side at the moment, however, one would not deny the fact that it still takes balls for any team to win a series against Australia in Australia, and now with all the pacers back in the side, it is definitely not going to be a walk in the park test series for India.
India’s performance in the overseas conditions has always been nothing more than flop show. India not being able to tackle the bouncy tracks outside the sub-continent isn’t an unknown fact anymore. In the year 2018, lately, India has suffered a 2-1 defeat in South Africa, whereas in England, the visitors were thrashed mercilessly 4-1.
In both the series, Indian batsmen succumbed to the swinging tracks outside the subcontinent. Perhaps, Rahane’s poor run of form has arguably been one of the major reasons for India’s downfall in the overseas conditions. Rahane is, perhaps, one of the few batsmen, who has been outstanding in the overseas condition, however, his low string of runs is still a worry for Virat.
One would not argue if we say that India’s quest to find a suitable wicket-keeper in Test after Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks almost over, as Rishab Pant is leaving no stones unturned to make a mark in Test Cricket as well as in one-day cricket. The wicket-keeper batsman has certainly made an impact with his batting, amassing 346 runs in just five Test matches.
In addition, 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw’s performance against West Indies has given Virat choices for the opening slot. Also, with some splendid batting over the past two years in one-day format from Rohit Sharma, The 31-year-old batsman has been recalled to the test side in a bid to give more strength to the batting unit.
Bouncy tracks, Bowler friendly conditions, bigger grounds, and what not, Virat and Co. are certainly going to face the toughest assignment down under this December. One of the most anticipated series, the Border-Gavaskar series will certainly be the one to watch out for.