Former India cricketer, Aakash Chopra has predicted Australia to win the 3-match T20I series against India. The first T20I is scheduled for 4th December in Canberra. The next two T20Is will be held on 6th and 8th at the SCG.
While India is expected to field their strongest eleven in Canberra, they might miss out on some key players from the last couple of T20 matches. The reason for that is that the first practice match is slated from 6th to 8th December.
Even if not captain, Virat Kohli, other players like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and KL Rahul may skip the T20 matches to participate in the 3-day practice game ahead of the Test series.
The balance is tilted towards Australia: Aakash Chopra
In a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked Australia as the firm favourites for the T20I series. He also feels that the team which wins the first game will have the upper hand going into the next two contests.
The cricketer-turned-commentator opined the first game could be a close encounter. However, the Indian team will be weakened from the next match as some players may leave for the warm-up matches against Australia A.
In his YouTube video, Aakash Chopra said, “The balance is tilted towards Australia in the T20I series. I feel whichever team wins the first T20I, will win the series.”
“The first match is 50-50, but India will not have the entire team from the second match. A few of the main players would have gone, they might be leaving the T20I matches to prepare for the Tests.”
The 43-year-old believes that even if Virat Kohli’s team manage to win the opening T20I, the hosts would still have a good chance of coming back and winning the series. Chopra reckons that Aaron Finch’s side is more balanced than the men in blue, especially after winning the ODI series.
“If that happens, the balance will tilt towards the Kangaroos. I feel Australia will win the T20I series as well. They have already won the ODIs by a 2-1 margin. If Australia win the first match, they will win the series 100%. If Indian wins the first match, then 60% I still feel that Australia will win the series,” Aakash Chopra concluded.