With tremendous success in the recent edition of IPL 2020 as an opener for KL Rahul had open the gates to play for the national side as an opener also. So its often that Rahul might open for Indian team in the T20I series which will be going to be played at Canberra on Friday.
1] India and Australia is going to play three match T20I series which will start from 4th December 2020.
2] Australia had won the opening series of ODIs by 2-1.
3] KL Rahul will open for the Indian Team in the coming T20 series.
There is no good news yet for Indian team as they had lost the comeback series by 2-1. They can take a sigh of relief by defeating Australia in the last match of the ODIs series but still India have to build up prominent team for the coming T20Is. Australia are still considered as the favourites for the T20 format also as they have players who had shown great skills in the one day series. On the other side, Indian team will carry some positive note after winning the last match of the ODIs series and will face the Mighty Australian side for three match T20Is from 4th December.
As India won the final match of the ODIs series where the toss was came to the favour side of Virat Kohli and he elected to bat first and visitors registered target of 303. For the chase, Australian team fell short by 13 runs which eventually made them to lose the match but won the series as they have 2 lead points from 2 regular win.
For the T20I series, Deepak Chahar is likely to join the bowling unit of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, T Natarajan. As Bumrah played all the matches of the ODI format so he could be given rest that eventually depicts debut for T Natarajan. Shami might be in the team as he was not in the last match of the ODIs format and can be seen in the playing XI.
In one day series, KL Rahul batted in the middle order to strengthen the core while it is in talks that KL Rahul will open in the shorter format. In earlier, New Zealand Tour KL Rahul opened the innings but later on he was shifted to the 5 number slot. He has an impressive record in playing as opener for the national side and been also awarded as the Orange Cap Holder of IPL 2020 by playing as opener.
Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli will play the same order as they carried on in the ODI format whereas Hardik Pandya will play down the order for the death overs. Yuzvendra Chahal will the core spinner for the Indian team and will be there in the playing XI, as Kuldeep Yadav is not selected in the T20Is squad for Indian team.
On the other side for Australia with the absence of David Warner, they might be confused for the opening slot which eventually opens many options for them. Glenn Maxwell with his terrific form could lead him to promote up the order. Australian all rounder Marcus Stoinis will back into the action as he had phenomenal season in BBL 2019-2020 as an opener so he could be also a possible player as an opener. Marnus Labuschagne might have to wait for his maiden T20 debut.
India playing XI- KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(C), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson/Manish Pandey, Washinston Sundar/Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan.
Australia playing XI- Aaron Finch(C), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, D’Arcy Short, Adam Zampa, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott.