India and Australia will go head to head in a four test match series from this Thursday at the Adelaide. This is the same ground where Virat Kohli made his captaincy debut and smashed twin hundreds. The second innings hundred is still fresh in the memory of fans as it led India closer to what would have been one of the most famous Indian victories abroad. That test was also about Philip Hughes, there were a lot of emotions on the field and every event marked a gesture that signaled towards his memories.
Four years later, Virat Kohli is now full-time captain (he stood in for MS Dhoni in that test match) and arguably the best batsman in the world after conquering the English demons on this year tour. He has a bowling arsenal that has the capability of picking up 20 wickets and set up the match for his batsmen. But the problem at the moment with India is their batting, they don’t seem to have anyone other than Kohli who can inspire confidence. With Prithvi Shaw being injured, India is back with KL Rahul and M Vijay. M Vijay was dropped for the West Indies tests and Rahul has been an enigma for fans. He is becoming the new Rohit Sharma for Indian fans. He has talent but when it comes to performance, there is very little that he can show.
For Australia, the issues are more or less the same. They have a wonderful bowling line up with the three pacers who have the capacity of knocking the opposition out in a jiffy. But their fitness is a major concern, all three of them, Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins are injuries prone. Nathan Lyon is their key man if the performance of Moeen Ali against India is anything to go by. In batting Australia have only Usman Khawaja who seems to have something which can be called as a good Test record. Aaron Finch would have never played test cricket if players would have not been banned. How Australia batting would put up runs in absence of Steven Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft will be the key to this test series.
The main thing from India’s point of view is how their batsman would adjust to extra bounce in Australian pitches. India should go for wrist spinner in Kuldeep Yadav as the Australians have never had a grip on bowlers who roll their wrists to tweak the ball. Virat Kohli and Tim Paine are captains at two extremes. One is ultra aggressive and the best batsman in the side and may be in the world also. Paine is a captain of circumstances and does not have a test record that any of the others will be the envy of but stats and charisma count for little when players take the field.
India’s Tour Of Australia 2018/19 Test Schedule/Fixtures
|6-10 Dec’18||00:00 GMT||1st Test||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide|
|14-18 Dec’18||02:20 GMT||2nd Test||Perth Stadium, Perth|
|26-30 Dec’18||23:30 GMT||3rd Test||MCG, Melbourne|
|3-7 Jan’19||23:30 GMT||4th Test||SCG, Sydney|