The best batsman in the world, Virat Kohli, is all ready to conquer Australia. The captain of the Indian team in all formats, Virat Kohli will be licking his lips currently at the chance to beat an under-power Austalian team in their own backyard. Virat Kohli scored three back-to-back centuries in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies and will be looking to notch up a few more tons down under.
Rohit Sharma's career has once again taken an up-swing. The talented and stylish right-hander looked at his best against West Indies at home, scoring 2 centuries in the ODI series and knocking one more century in the T20I series. This form has earned him a come-back into India's Test squad for the series against Australia. Most probably his last chance to cement his place in the Test arena, Rohit Sharma will be looking to be at his fluent best.
Touted as the future of Indian cricket, the 21-year-old Rishabh Pant is geared up for his first big series in the Indian colours. The south-paw will be a certainty to play for India in the T20I series and the Test series, and he will be eager to prove his worth as India's next big wicketkeeper-batsman. After having a below par series against West Indies, Rishabh Pant will try to balance his talent and flamboyance to bring in match-winning performances against Australia.
Hanuma Vihari has burst onto the Indian Test squad after some consistent performances in First-Class cricket. The classy right-hander made his debut against a blistering English attack in the Test series against England, and while other Indian batsmen failed in the series, Hanuma Vihari showed calm, grace and poise to score a stable 56 in the lower middle-order for India. Hanuma Vihari impressed again recently with an 86 and 51* for India A vs New Zealand A, and will be looking to continue the form against Australia in the Test series. India will benefit from Vihari's technical stability on the fast bouncy pitches in Australia.
Jasprit Bumrah has established himself as the lead fast bowler of the Indian team in the last few months. The bowler's deceptive pace, variations and yorkers make it incredibly hard for batsman to pick his line and length. With the Australian batting line up still in doldrums, Japrit Bumrah will be on the hunt for the Kangaroos down under.
Just like Jasprit Bumrah, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has also established himself as Inida's first choice spinner in all formats of the game. Kuldeep Yadav has taken 67 wickets so far in 33 ODIs and will be looking to exploit the Australian team's weakness against spin.
While Australia cricket team's batting is down in the dumps, ever since Australia two best batsman, Steve Smith and David Warner were banned from the national team, Shaun Marsh has come out as a knight in shining armour to resurrect the batting line-up. The left-hander recently scored a sublime 106 against South Africa and a 163* for West Australia against South Australia. Shaun Marsh's form is critical to Australia's chances in the series.
Marcus Stoinis goes about his cricket in a subdued but effective fashion. The man of few words and expressions on the cricket field, Marcus Stoinis is the match-winning all-rounder Australia have been searching for. Marcus Stoinis dismantled South Africa's batting line-up in the recently concluded ODI series with wicket-taking spells, and added a counter-attacking 63-run knock in the final ODI. India will be concerned about this player who quietly goes about his business.
Ever since Shane Warne retired, Australia have been looking for a spin bowler that can terrorise international teams on a consistent basis. The search may have ended with Nathan Lyon recent form against Pakistan in the Test series in the UAE. Nathan Lyon now has the chance to mark his name as one of the premier spinners in the world with a career-defining series against the best spin-playing team in the world, India.
Mitchell Starc is back in full flow for Australia. the super-fast bowler who owned the 2015 World Cup with his bowling has made a comeback to the Australian team after a spate of injuries in the last few years. The pace is back, the hunger is back, and the speedster will be eager to get back to the top of the bowling rankings after this series against India
India start off the tour down under with the first T20I against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane. We take a look at the top ten cricketers from both teams to face off in the series.
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