Players to Watch Out For in Australia vs India, T20I Series

IND vs AUS: Australia and India will play a three-match T20I series set to begin on Friday, and here’s a look at the key players from both teams.
India take on Australia Down Under in a three-match T20I series, with the first game set to take place on December 4 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The next two matches will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 6 and December 8. The T20I series follows the three-match ODI series, where the hosts emerged victorious 2-1. Australia were defeated in their previous T20I series against England in September, while India’s last outing in the same format saw them register a series whitewash in New Zealand.
Here are some players who are capable of emerging as game-changers during the series:
Virat Kohli: The Team India skipper is the leading run-scorer in men’s T20Is, having accumulated 2794 runs in 82 matches at an average of 50.80 and strike rate of 138.24. Kohli is further the leading run-getter in T20Is between India and Australia. The cricketer has scored 584 runs in 16 games against the hosts, at an average of 64.88.
Hardik Pandya: The all-rounder approaches the shortest format in international cricket, having finished as India’s leading run-scorer in the ODI series. Team India will be optimistic of Hardik maintaining this form in the T20I series, having previously impressed in IPL 2020 as well.
KL Rahul: KL Rahul is expected to open the innings in the T20I matches, having been sent in down the order during the ODI games. Rahul finished IPL 2020 as the top run-scorer after featuring as an opener for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The wicketkeeper-batsman will play a key role in helping India bounce back, following a defeat in the ODI series.
Jasprit Bumrah: The pace spearhead can be a match-winner on his day, with his variations quite difficult to pick. Bumrah is further a consistent wicket-taker in the T20I format, accounting for 59 wickets in 50 matches at a strike rate of 18.2.

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