The way India started their tour of Australia, it looked like they were in for a long summer Down Under. The Men in Blue were comprehensively beaten in the first two ODIs by the hosts. However, the Virat Kohli-led side bounced back in style by winning the third ODI and the first T20I.
India came up with a fine all-round performance to take the lead in the three-match T20I series. The win was India’s eighth in a row in the shortest format of the game. India are yet to lose a T20I this year. And as India keep getting stronger in the shortest format of the game, former Australia spinner Brad Hogg believes they are the most balanced T20 side in world cricket.
Brad Hogg pointed out that the key reason behind India’s balanced squad is the presence of Hardik Pandya as the No. 6 batsman and Ravindra Jadeja as the No. 7 batsman.
“If you are going to win the T20 World Cup, your No. 6 and No. 7 batsman are the most vital cogs in your batting line-up. Because they are the ones that are going to finish off an innings like Jadeja and Pandya do quite often.
“That is the advantage that India have over all the other teams. They have the best No. 6 and No. 7 in T20 cricket. So, India should not change their batting line-up,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.
Jadeja and Pandya have been very impressive with the bat so far. The duo starred with the bat in the third ODI by scoring unbeaten fifties and sharing an unbeaten 150-run stand. In the first T20I, Jadeja scored an unbeaten 44 to help India recover and post a goof total.
Brad Hogg also said that India were the favourites to win the T20 series in Australia as they had a better T20 team.
“India last night were too good for Australia, they are the better T20 team. They have got a wonderful outfit. They have got batting depth as well as quality bowlers.
“If Australia have got an advantage it is in the bowling department, but India across the board are sensational,” said Brad Hogg.
The second T20I is scheduled to take place on Sunday (December 6) and India will have a chance to wrap up the series.