Team India will be gearing up for one of the toughest challenges of the year as they will face Australia down-under in an epic-Border Gavaskar Trophy, starting from 6th December 2018.
If we are to compare the sides, Indian batting line up does look stronger than the Aussies with likes of Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Vijay etc in the squad, however, things won’t be too easy for them as they will, arguably, be facing one of the best bowling attacks in the world comprising of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon.
Pitches boasting of extreme pace and bounce, unsettled Australian batting line-up have to play sensibly and cautiously as Indian bowling attack is no longer the one it was used to be. While both the teams boast of good batsmen in the squad, we have listed out five batsmen which can make an impact in the series and play a crucial role in helping their side win the series.
1. VIRAT KOHLI
Without any doubt in mind, Virat stands at number one position in the list. The in-form skipper’s love affair with Australia is not unknown in the cricketing arena, considering the fact that he is just eight runs short to complete 1000 runs in Australia. Virat has as many as five centuries to his name in Australia and thus, certainly needs to exhibit a huge role with the bat if India are to win the series in Australia.
2. CHETESHWAR PUJARA
A test cricket specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara will be one of the key players for India in Australia, keeping in the mind India’s opening pair woes and Ajinkya’s patchy run of late. Time and again when the team had been in trouble, Pujara always stood out and took the team out of trouble, courtesy his desire to play longer through the innings. It would be interesting to see he becomes the leading run scorer this time in the series.
3. USMAN KHAWAJA:
Australia playing without the services of Smith and Warner will be banking on Khawaja to face an aggressive Indian bowling line up. Khawaja, of late, has been in prolific form and would surely be among the runs for Australia in the series. So far, the left-handed batsman has scored 2455 runs in 35 matches in his test career at an average of 43.84.
4. SHAUN MARSH:
The 35-year-old left-hander might not be in the best of form lately, but the left-hander will come all guns blazing against one of his favourite opponents. Marsh, though, didn’t have a good outing with the bat in the recent series against South Africa and Pakistan, his 163 in the Sheffield Shield to seal an emphatic victory over South Australia will give him some confidence going ahead at the series.