India takes on Australia in the first test match of this four match series. India suffered two white washes abroad and also a test series loss in their own backyard. India is now prepared for another stern test and this time against strong Australian team. Chennai will host India vs Australia 1st test match.
Last time these two teams met in Australia where India suffered a white wash. There are many experienced faces which are missing from that last series. Greats like Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have retired. Another experience player like Gambhir won't be seen atleast in the first two test matches as he is dropped due to poor performances since 2011.
India will certainly play under immense pressure after suffering test series defeat at home against England. Gambhir has been replaced by two options viz. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. Vijay may get first chance as he has a better international experience. Cheteshwar Pujara has proved his worth playing against England and he has sealed his position as number 3 batsman. As usual Sachin will bat at number 4 and hopefully he performs the way he did in his heydays. These batmen would be followed by Kohli, Yuvraj and Dhoni. Lower order would look strong if Jadeja and Ashwin plays together. But it might happen that with two quickies, Ojha and Harbhajan would play with Ashwin.
As far as the Indian bowling is concerned, it is inconsistent just like the batting department. Although if we see the overall team performance in last few months, bowling department has done a better job but still the bowlers lack consistency. With the inclusion of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Dhoni gets a bowler with good variety who can support someone like Ishant Sharma.
In the absence of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey a lot relies on youngsters in the Australian camp. If players like Watson, Clarke and Warner can anchor the innings well, the young players can provide a good support to the experienced buddies.
As far as the bowling department of Australia is concerned, it seems they have decided to play three pacers and just one spinner. Although Nathan Lyon wasn't too impressive in the warm up matches; still he has an upper hand in terms of getting a place in the playing eleven for 1st test match.
Let us see which teams proves to be better and wins the first match. Whether its a four match series or three match; win in the first match matters a lot. Stay tuned online for some exciting and quality cricket as two good teams lock horns in another prestigious Border Gavaskar trophy.