While the fans are eagerly awaiting to see the first game of the much-anticipated series-opener of the five-match One-Day International series between India and Australia, rain might quash their hope as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a rainy Sunday (September 17) in Chennai- the venue where the first game will be played.
“Generally cloudy sky with Light rain,” read the press release from IMD.
Well, rain will absolutely be the last thing on the fans as well as the players’ mind after the heated Test series earlier this year. The series was had gone down to the wire before India won the last Test to seal the series 2-1. And both the teams will now be desperate to assert their supremacy in the ODIs.
Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli has said that the hosts would take the upcoming series against the world champions like any other series and would not prepare differently for it.
No, I don’t think that we need to look at any series differently. As I mentioned in Sri Lanka as well, your preparation should matter more than who you are playing against. So obviously you’ll assess strengths and weaknesses of all sides,” he said at the pre-match conference.
“As I have said before, you can’t raise or decrease your intensity according to who you are playing against. That’s not being fair to the sport and that’s something that we as a team do not believe in. So, we like to prepare the same way and we’d like to play with the same kind of intensity regardless of who we are playing against,” he added.