On a roll after whitewashed Sri Lanka with relative ease, Virat Kohli's Indian team will be aiming for another comprehensive show against a depleted Australia when the two sides square off in the opening encounter of the five-match series, on Sunday.The Indo-Australia rivalry over the years have been more traditional with the intensity right up there as lot is always at stake.
"I am not too concerned about my differences with Kohli". Thus onlookers now-a-days wait for India-Australia matches just like they wait for India-Pakistan matches.
Unlike the past contests between Australia and India, this one could be devoid of off-the-field drama such as verbal duels and mind games.
So much so that after the conclusion of the Border-Gavaskar series, either captains were asked about the status of their friendship. Australia had emerged triumphed with a 4-1 win in the 5 match ODI series.
Since January 2013, the average first-innings score in games between India and Australia is 321.
Australia have already began their tour of India in some style after defeating Board President's XI by 103 runs.
Robin Singh has dismissed Michael Clarke's claims that experience in the IPL will give Australia the edge against the hosts and is confident India will "walk away with the ODI series". The 36-year-old looks certain to add to his 301 ODI caps on Sunday but questions marks remain on whether he is worthy of a place in the World Cup squad. Australia lack the quality of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood and it will be on pacers Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson to trouble the Indian top-order.
Kohli has the tough job of choosing between KL Rahul and Manish Pandey for the number four spot as both Karnataka batsmen have proved their worth in the past. But they have some decisions to make during the series. That's not being fair to the sport and that's something that we as a team do not believe in. However, Kohli's immediate challenge is to find a role for a Rahane, who might have little to do when the regulars are back, and ensure that Rahul doesn't feel shortchanged in a new batting position.
Yadav made his test debut against Australia in Dharamsala and took 4-91. Yes, their record at home has been awesome, considering they have overwhelmed England and Australia, their overseas success is limited to winning in the West Indies and Sri Lanka. India failed Tendulkar when they could not get past the final hurdle, losing by three runs.
Geoff Marsh of Australia cricket team in action during the World Cup Group A match against Indian cricket team at MA Chidambaram Stadium on October 9, 1987.
"It's the flawless time to experiment", said Singh, who will take charge of Bloem City Blazers in the South African T20 Global League later this year.