Team India has a twin reason to celebrate Sunday night. Chasing a target of 187 in the third and final T20I against World Champions Australia, the skipper Rohit Sharma-led side claimed a thrilling win by 6 wickets with gigantic contributions of Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. With the 2-1 bilateral series victory, the team registered a milestone achievement of the most number of T20I wins in 2022.
Cameron Green (61 off 30) and Matthew Wade (45* off 21) played terrific knocks as Australia chased down 209 in the first T20I against India in Mohali on Tuesday (September 20). Bowling first after winning the toss, Australia bowlers conceded 208 for 6 as Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten 71 off 30, while KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar Yadav (46 off 25) also made important contributions.
No big surprises would be on the card in the T20I match against Australia, but surely the two sides may brush up their teams for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 scheduled to be held next month in Australia. Of course, Team India will be playing in full-strength in the series, which is to kick start on September 20, and the only loss is Arshdeep Singh, who is advised to attend routine conditioning camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has opined that Team India have taken a big risk by picking only four specialist pace bowlers for the T20 World Cup 2022. Johnson pointed out that teams need to play at least three fast bowlers in Australia and, sometimes even four, in venues like Perth.
Just a couple of days are left for the Asia Cup 2022 to kick start and ahead of it former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has revealed his preview that includes which team could win the title, whether India may face Pakistan more than once and could Virat Kohli return to form.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the white-ball series against Australia and South Africa, which will be played in India in September-October. India will take on Australia in 3 T20Is and South Africa in six white ball games before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting reckons that India should persist with Virat Kohli despite his poor run of form over the last couple of seasons. According to the Aussie legend, the benefits of sticking to the 33-year-old for the T20 World Cup could be far greater for Team India as opposed to leaving him out.