Will Men In Blue Pull Off in Upcoming Series against Australia?

January 06 12:45 2016

austourNew Delhi, Wednesday, January 6 – The team guided by Virat Kohli did well in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka in 3-match Test series in 2015. Logging a win in opponent’s turf after 22 years indeed increased faith in the members who did their bit to help India bounce back in the game after losing the first Test, which seemed to be in India’s hand in the beginning, by 63 runs.

The victory was enthusiastically awaited and India’s playing XI did not disappoint fans who knew how grand this success is. Since not so many cricketers, who were part of the squad that flew to Sri Lanka, were experienced, it was the belief of doing the best that created entire difference in the end.  Many used their spot in teams in the way near to perfect. The young skipper Kohli, whose experience in young age is huge enough, guided his men perfectly on India tour of Sri Lanka in August last year. Some amazing performances by Indian cricketers and Virat’s captaincy made the Men in Blue perform well in Test series which wasn’t easy as it may sound now, predominantly when the first Test held at Galle International Stadium in Galle was lost despite looking strong in the first three days of the match.

Not to forget that outstanding show of Rangana Herath made the visitors to bear the brunt, lending a hand to his team to gain ground and win a match that did not seem to be in their grip at all. India’s batting order succumbed straightforwardly to Sri Lankan bowlers, shattering soaring hopes of Indian supporters who geared up to see Indian camp registering the much awaited win on the rivals. But a defeat was sufficient to teach the guests a lesson. The experience gained then made Indian players not to consider contender weak at all until the job is done. This is the reason why a humongous win of 278 runs was logged by Kohli-led side on Lankans in the 2nd Test, which was a do-or-die game for India.

After being back in business, it was necessary to win third Test match and break the jinx after more than a couple of decades. India did well thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s well-timed hundred. He made the world be familiar with what all he can do if given chance to perform. Not to forget that he got opportunity to perform in the team when opener Murali Vijay was ruled out from the match because of injury.  The change in batting order worked for India. Nonetheless, Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera  did a partnership that was necessary to let home-side smell possibility of winning the 3rd Test, which was the decisive one. At a certain stage it felt as if India might lose the match as they did in the last moment of the opening Test. But then Ravichandran Ashwin showed Perera the way back to the pavilion, giving breakthrough to his team which was eyed from a long time.

Superb show by India left weak chances for Mathews’ men to stop the tourists from breaking the conundrum in the neighboring country. Kohli, the 27-year-old Delhi boy, was proud of his teammates and it was visible with the kind of a wide smile he flaunted throughout.  The achievement was big as he accomplished something what several other Indian captains couldn’t do on their tour to Sri Lanka in the last many years. The graph of hopes was up in India vs. South Africa Test as well.  In view of the fact that South Africa were on tour of India in October to contest in 3-match T20 International series, 5-match ODI series and 4-match Test series, it is natural to expect great show on the pitch.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was there to attend to things in shortest format and ODI matches, while Kohli looked forward to lead Test team in a much better way than earlier in longest format. Dhoni’s decisions at decisive moments usually surprise everyone but as a result of his belief in his boys, he gets to see India at a strong side even though conditions aren’t favorable. Though this did not work against Proteas who thrashed India by 2-0 and 3-2 in T20 and One Day International matches, respectively, no drop in hopes is likely on India tour of Australia early this year. Form gain at this point of time will be highly helpful for the team in future tournaments, including T20 World Cup, which is to start in March.

More than a few talented cricketers have got a chance much sought to showcase their talent and what could be a better than standing out in overseas conditions! It is the opportunity for Indian openers, middle-order and tail-ender batsmen to make best use of potential they have. Most important will be to notice how the teammates stay focused and do what they are supposed to do. India are able to smash in difficult situations. It would be wrong to say they play the most unpredictable sport in highly unpredictable manner. As far as play of Ravichandran Ashwin is taken into consideration then he is the man who has improved with each match he played for the country. 2015 has been one of the years for him when he tried to get better every time the skipper showed faith in his capability.

If deliver amazing performances in the upcoming tournament, Dhoni’s fans and cricket experts will appreciate about his leadership skills often. The way he controls his aggression even in the big matches is commendable and this is something what he had been doing from the last few years. Smile helps him take stress away and this adds to positivity in other players as well. Right-arm off break bowler Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Indian skipper Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Rishi Dhawan and Brainder Balbirsingh Sran’s roles will of the essence to shock Australia right from the onset of the tournament.

T20 team which will have Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Harbhajan Singh, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashish Nehra needs to perform. On the other hand, Australian captain Steve Smith, David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Joel Paris and Matthew Wade make ODI team look strong. Whatever be the combination of batsmen and bowlers in different formats, eyes are struck on India in opposition to Australia, the winner of the cricket World Cup 2015. Australia are tough to beat however matches in opposition to them always fetch attention of cricket lovers. Experience earned at this stage will help players in the near term and long term as well to grow more and learn from mistakes. Just a week time is left to well prepare for the contest and who knows, Indian players surprise all fans with brilliance exhibition of excellence.

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