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Indian Team Selection for ODI and T20 Matches Takes Hopes Up in Upcoming Series against Australia

December 21
09:44 2015

yuviNew Delhi, Monday, December 21 – Objective of the Men in Blue on tour of Australia will be to stay a tad ahead of the Australian team to contest in 5-match ODI series and 3-match T20 series. The tournament starts from January 12 and gets concluded on January 31. The pressure on Mahendra Singh Dhoni- led side will be high in view of the fact that their record in the overseas isn’t impressive.

Besides this, none can forget the way India lost ODI and T20 series against South African team that thrashed them on home turf a couple of months ago. After losing the decisive match held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai by an enormous margin, Indian squad hopefully learned where all to improve to emerge as a victor.  Undoubtedly, the team did well in the longest format, giving no room to Proteas think of a bounce back.  27-year-old Kohli made India proud with his men post defeating South Africa by 3-0 in 4-match Test series. Expectations are high from this young man and others as well that are to perform in Australia early next month. Focus will definitely be on the Indian camp, which is going to be a mix of both new and skilled talents.

If truth be told then the moment India lose first match in a tournament, especially when have a grip in it right from the start, experts predict it wouldn’t be easy for them to pull through in remaining contests. But not to forget they did well in difficult situations and concluded several series on a winning note in the recent past.  The young boys of India wrote a new chapter in Sri Lanka in August and the victory was certainly huge in different regards. Kohli guided a team in the best way possible, letting all teammates contribute as much as possible from their end. It was team efforts that helped India outshine Sri Lanka, who are always tough to beat in familiar conditions. Kohli usually draws attention thanks to aggressive attitude. However, it is a tad astonishing to see him control his anger when objective was to motivate his players while leading a squad.

The leadership quality of Dhoni makes him stand out. He is world famous as Captain Cool for keeping the calm even at a time when situations aren’t favorable. The viewers will get to witness real entertainment next month. Indian skipper will look forward to capitalize potential housed by composed Ajinkya Rahane – who grabbed eyeballs with his great performance in 5-match One-Day International series against South Africa, proving his selection right whenever given chance to perform, opener Shikhar Dhawan – who must be striving to get back in form, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh, Rishi Dhawan and Brainder Sran.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team faced defeats in T20 matches by 2-0 and ODIs by 3-2 in opposition to South Africa. But Test team outperformed when it was a question of pride. Ashwin and Jadeja lately did well and they accomplished what was needed to help India finish the contest with triumphs in hand. As far as team picked for limited over games is concerned, hopes are up, certainly. All eyes will be on Yuvraj Singh, who is marking his return on the T20 side in opposition to Australia, who always make sure to leave no stone unturned to pull off. Responsibilities on the shoulder of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, all-rounder Suresh Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Umesh Yadav will be huge.

The venues selected to host the matches are W.A.C.A. Ground in  Perth, the Gabba in Brisbane, Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Manuka Oval in Canberra, Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney and Adelaide Oval in Adelaide. Pitch conditions will be pivotal. Australia will be on a bit advantageous side. They master in all departments of cricket be it fielding, bowling and batting and this is the reason why they are always tough to send on the back foot. It was their amazing performances on the field in earlier years that made them taste win for more than a few occasions. To cut a long story short, eyes of the visiting team must be to return home with memorable triumph in the ODI and T20 formats but that is not going to be easy at all. It would be interesting to see whether India make their aim of winning in Australian soil get fulfilled or lack potential and allow opponents to win the match.

Poor bowling and batting collapse can’t be any options. A few errors while the play is on can cost them the match. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that some lessons must have been learned by India’s playing XI but how they take full advantage of it in the upcoming matches will a key thing to notice.  Victories are essential for boosting morale and gaining confidence. If India outperform the Aussies through best fielding, bowling and batting, the task to start with a lead will be easy for the tourists. Here is to mention that India have some outstanding fielders in the team who dive, jump high and run several meters just to come under the ball and take astounding catches. A few players stop the ball before it touches the fences, reducing speed of the rivals who want to score runs in pace.

In the midst of soaring expectations, selected members of the 50-50 and 20-20 over matches need to play some great knocks. But here is to remind that the men in yellow shirts will surely take note of all possible challenges that may be put forward by India to be on the front foot. Australia are fit and it is their fitness that might add to pressure on India. Running for a single becomes tough the moment ball is collected on the dot and thrown towards the stumps to get a wicket. Dhoni must be hoping for possible lead on Australian tracks. He could alone be a game changer and spread water on Australia’s dream to log victory if bats in form with the old sheer edge. The audience is eager to catch the action as soon as it begins for the reason that India and Australia are good to watch playing opposite to each other. The players selected for tour of Australia must use this chance as a platform which will be important to book a berth in World Cup T20, which kicks off in March 2016.

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