“We know all the boys have done everything they need to do and will do over the next couple of days to be ready to go”.
As the series commences, Kohli starts as the best T20 batsman in the world while the bowler list is led by Pakistani Imad Wasim. India were given a revised target of 48 runs to win in six overs. I’ve had an uninterrupted pre-season for a change which is the first time in a long time.
Australia’s captain Steve Smith is expected to be fit for the Ashes despite returning home from the tour of India with a shoulder problem.
Paceman Jason Behrendorff is likely to make his long-awaited global debut, while Andrew Tye, after replacing Pat Cummins (rested), is among four quicks in the squad. A good series can raise India to the second spot. The Australians lost the ODI series 4-1.
Speaking about Dhawan, he said, “It was unfortunate for Dhawan to miss out on so many games but he is back and even this innings of 15 will give him confidence”. Veteran Ashish Nehra can join the T20 bowling smarts while Dinesh Karthik can double as he is a ideal batsman.
Australia could give a chance to their all-rounder Daniel Christian to play a T20 global against India.
The pacer is yet to make his worldwide debut in any format and is confident that he will get a chance in one of the three games. However, it left players from both sides more than a little confused.
There is an estimate for scattered thunderstorms on the afternoon of the match day and this match can be also hampered.
“Proper field settings and bowling the right ball at the right time is very important”, he said. For India, Axar Patel and Ajinkya Rahane sat out and they were replaced by Kuldeep Yadav and Shikhar Dhawan.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.
On 7th October, team India has achieved the feat of winning seventh match consecutively in T20I against Australia.