Former England captain Michael Vaughan has stated that India will need to do well in the first Test against Australia at Adelaide, which will be a Day-Night encounter, to have a successful Test series Down Under. The Adelaide Test will be India’s maiden pink-ball Test in Australia, and second overall.
Finally, in some good news for Team India on the Rohit Sharma front, the experienced batsman has cleared his fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He is now likely to fly to Australia on December 14.
Hardik Pandya, who was named man of the series for his excellent batting in the three-match T20I series against Australia, decided to hand over his trophy to left-arm pacer T. Natarajan, in a poignant gesture. Pandya hammered 78 runs in 50 balls at a strike rate of 156, including an unbeaten 42 from 22 in the second T20I to take India to victory from an improbable position.
It was the year 2013 when Rahul Dravid promoted a 19-year old Sanju Samson to number three in a match against the RCB. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, the then youngster from Kerala blazed his way to a magnificent 63 as he helped his side chase down a target of 173. Since then, he has been known for playing all or nothing kind of knocks, he either wins you matches from nowhere or he simply throws his wicket away.
India clinched the T20I series against Australia with a methodical six-wicket triumph at Sydney on Sunday. Set to chase 195 for victory, India got home courtesy a splendid cameo of 42 not out from 22 balls by Hardik Pandya. With 14 needed to win off the last over, Pandya dispatched debutant Daniel Sams over the ropes twice to seal an impressive win for India. Apart from Pandya, opener Shikhar Dhawan (52 from 36), skipper Virat Kohli (40 from 24) and KL Rahul (30 from 22) also made significant contributions. While Shreyas Iyer only made 12 from five, his two boundaries were also crucial as it came at a pivotal point in the chase.
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif paid a massive compliment to India’s limited-overs vice-captain on the current Australian tour -- KL Rahul. The ex-India batsman compared KL Rahul to India legend Rahul Dravid. According to Kaif, just like Dravid, Rahul has shown willingness to do whatever has been asked of him by the team management, be it keeping wickets or moving up and down in the batting order.
Team India leg-spinner Yuvzendra Chahal began the day by finding himself out of the playing eleven for the first T20I against Australia. He ended it as man of the match. If you did not follow proceedings at the Manuka Oval on Friday, you wouldn’t believe what transpired. Chahal came in as concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja and picked up 3 for 25 to sink Australia’s chase of 162. Earlier, Jadeja blazed away to an unbeaten 44 from 23 to lift India to a competitive total.
Despite a stiff resistance from Australia in a challenging chase of 302, India clung on to clinch the third ODI at Canberra and thus avoid a 0-3 whitewash. Batting first after winning the toss this time, India crossed 300 for the third time in as many games. Skipper Virat Kohli contributed an efficient 63 before a sizzling 150-run sixth-wicket stand between Hardik Pandya (92 not out from 76) and Ravindra Jadeja (66 not out from 50) saw India dominate Australia for the first time in the series.