India Vs Australia: DKODING Clash of Key Players
Defending champions, Australia will go head-to-head with long-time rivals, India in the 14th match of ICC World Cup 2019 at the Oval.
This is the first time in 16 years that India will take on Australia in a group stage encounter.
There is nothing to separate between two teams. If India has Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, and Hardik Pandya as the cornerstones of batting department then Aussies have David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell to bank on in their ranks.
If India has Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as their key wicket-takers whereas Australia has Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa.
The Big Battle
Rohit-Kohli Vs Starc-Cummins
Some players lift their games when they come up against the best in business. That perhaps explains Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s records against Australia.
Between the two, the Indian captain and his deputy have 15 ODI centuries against Australia. Kohli has eight of those, with 1645 runs averaging above 53 with five half-centuries. Rohit has seven tons, including a double, with 1980 runs at an average of 61.87. His career average is 48.11, he hasn’t scored more centuries against any other team.
These numbers – without including Kohli’s Test records, mind you – shows how much the duo loves the Australian attack.
But would they love this Australian attack? Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins say hello.
For all the records of the duo against Australia, only once – in Melbourne in 2015 – has India faced an Australian attack with both Starc and Cummins. Rohit made 138 in that game, while Kohli managed only nine.
It’s not often that Australia play both their premium pacers in ODIs, due to injuries to either of the two. Since the start of 2017, the duo has played together only in 16 of Australia’s 43 matches.
Both Kohli and Rohit love to take the game on to Australia, something that’s reflected in their strike rates. It won’t be easy this time, for there will be a relentless attack from both ends. That was something Aaron Finch spoke about on the eve of the game.
Can the two do it against Australia’s best two?
Two of the best, and perennially in form, batsmen in the world at one end. Two of the fiercest, in form, pacers at the other. Sunday promises plenty.
Other Key Battle
Jasprit Bumrah Vs David Warner
After topping the run charts in the Indian Premier League, Warner smashed an unbeaten 89 in Australia’s opening World Cup win over Afghanistan.
In any case, the left-hand batsman will be facing an Indian paceman who tops the ODI bowling rankings, with 87 wickets in 50 matches.
Bumrah set the tone for India’s success against South Africa on Wednesday with his two early strikes.
South African opener Hashim Amla called him “one hell of a bowler” after the 25-year-old sent the Proteas batsman back to the dugout.
Both India and Australia rely very heavily on their top-order to fetch runs. Their middle order looks wobbly but both teams have threatening pacers with the world’s best playing for them.
However, India’s spin twin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have been spelling trouble in the last year and who picked up 5 wickets combined against the South Africans, will be the key here.
Hence, India walks into the game as favourites due to the presence of their spinners.