After the three-match ODI series, the caravan of the India tour of Australia moves to its T20I leg with the first of three 20-over fixtures set to take place at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
After a tough two games, Team India found their mojo in the dead-rubber to achieve a consolation win. And, Virat Kohli’s men will now look to take confidence in the T20I series.
Unlike the ODIs, Team India has had a pretty good year as far as T20I is concerned. They have won seven of the eight T20Is that they played them this year- two of them in a Super Over- while the other game ended in a no-result. They whitewashed New Zealand 5-0 in their bilateral rubber and haven’t lost a T20I series since losing to Australia 0-2 at home in early 2019.
India’s squad is quite similar to the one they had in the ODIs, with Sanju Samson, Deepak Chahar, and Washington Sundar the only additions.
On that note, here’s a look at India’s predicted XI for the 1st T20I:
KL Rahul [WK]
Unlike the ODIs, KL Rahul will slot in at his favorite position at the top of the order.
Rahul had a brilliant IPL 2020 campaign where he ended up as the highest run-getter- 670 runs in 14 games at an average of 55.83.
However, the contrasting feature in Rahul’s exploits was an alarming dip in his strike-rate- from 158.41 in 2018 to 129.34 this season.
Team India will hope that Rahul continues his good form in T20 cricket. They would, however, hope that he shows a bit more intent than he showed in the IPL.