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Hopes Up with Dhoni’s Men ahead of India’s Tour of Australia

Hopes Up with Dhoni’s Men ahead of India’s Tour of Australia

December 24
10:31 2015

smith1New Delhi, Thursday, December 24 – Nearly after three weeks, India and Australia will meet in the 1st One Day International match, which is slated to take place at W.A.C.A. Ground in  Perth.

Australia are surely ahead of the Men In Blue if comparison is made over capabilities housed by cricketers of both squads. But at the same time, it is also true that cricket is a sport where anyone could shine or get back in form at any stage. It is just about having the self belief.

Bilateral series between these two nations generates huge fan following and this is the reason why cricket fans always make sure not to miss the action. Despite less support in Australia, India if perform up to the mark get loudest cheer from the cricket lovers, who usually come to see a interesting fight between bat and ball.

A different ground is considered to sport a totally different mood. If there remains some grass on the pitch, challenges for both the batsmen and bowlers will increase. India, though, faced defeat a bit more than the Aussies in head to head, still none can deny that they have got the talent to bounce back via power pack performances. Deep batting lineup of India in ODI format will have Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Besides them, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav could also bat. Ishant Sharma, Gurkeerat Maan, Rishi Dhawan and Brainder Sran if picked in the playing XI will try to give their best to ensure a certain spot in further ODIs. No wonder, if they are given ooportunity as well for the reason that Dhoni is always ready to try new combination, allowing young guns to gain experience and contribute efforts from their end as much as possible. If head to head record of India v Australia in 50-50 over matches is to be taken into consideration then total 118 matches have been played. In the games hosted in India, the host logged win for 21 times, while the tourists for 52 times. On the tour of Australia from 1980 onwards, India won just 10 matches out of 42, whereas the men in yellow shirts registered victory in 30 matches.

In neutral venues, the margin of defeat is a tad less. Out of 24 games, Australia won 12 whereas India won 9. A total of 10 matches were played in World Cup by both India and Australia wherein the former won 3 and latter party won 7 matches. It will be priority of Indian team to gain foothold right from the beginning and avoid falling in a do or die situation. In case, they fail to thrash the rivals on the foreign land, chances of coming back into the game will be over then and there.

People are eager to notice whether Rohit Sharma can once again steal the show by his knock like 264 runs opposite to Sri Lanka in ODI format match broke many records last year or the cricketer will struggle as he lately did against South African squad. Falling short of expectations can put India in trouble and this is something what the team and Indian cricket fans wouldn’t want to see.

In order to overcome the problem of throwing wicket while being at unimpressive digits, cricketers need to do something extraordinary from their end. If truth be told then collapsing habit of Indian players in the overseas is the major issue and Dhoni would want his teammates to at least spend time on the crease. Improvement is probable if cricketers get determined to write a totally new story by exhibiting the kind of play for which they are selected in the team and preferred over others to represent India during their tour to Australia. A group becomes the victor when all players are strong-minded to log triumphs by giving their best inputs.

The sheer spark within the Indian players can help them travel a long distance. Virat Kohli is remarkable but losing the cool can be a problem for him. He improved a lot in the past few months and some positive changes in his approach will undoubtedly make him be a threat for rivals on the pitch. The performance as a unit is pivotal. Sticking with constructive strategies and plans made in the dressing room to be a step ahead of the opponents and changing the tactics as per the need will be of great use. Australia are truly the toughest contenders not only for India but also other teams. It wouldn’t be wrong to give all credit of being on the leading position in ICC ODI rankings. The upcoming series against India is imperative for them too in more than a few aspects. Since not many days remain for the contest to begin, it will be exciting to notice who all spend time in the nets to hold expertise.

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