Australia seemed to be cornered with an impending pressure ahead of the T20 series against India. Bouncing back after a defeat of 4-1 in the ODI series appears a bit more that the level of expectation that surfaced. Australia might just want to complete the series and head back home from the long journey that started with the Bangladesh Test, months before. In the tour, they won against Bangladesh, but lost against India.
Still, the T20 matches are yet to be played and Australia has the last hope standing ahead. Stand-in coach of the team, David Saker, thinks a "lot of" Aussie players are now struck with low morale and they are "playing a bit scared." He said, when players lose, they player scared. Also, a factor that India arouse as the Number 1 team is an additional pressure. India is now the Top Test as well as the Top ODI team on ICC rankings.
In T20, India is certainly not the team, which can be considered lightly, even if it is ranked fifth in the ICC ranking. If India win's the series by 3-0, it would become the second in the chart. And, with recent records at disposal, series sweep has become a kind of integrated feature of team India. A hefty feature that makes India on the positive side of the scale is its plethora of players experienced at IPL. The franchise game had brought up some of the best players in the cricket arena so far. India of course, always had the greater bite of this pie.
India will player with three new players in the squad. They are not new, but re-inducted into the squad. All eyes are at Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Nehra and Dinesh Karthick, who are brought back to the T20 format. Nehra, the quick bowler is 38 years also, and the match might be a tough test for the player. Nehra has undergone several major surgeries but his form in bowling is still intact.
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