Australia vs India: First Test match begins today


No Asian team has ever managed to win a test series in Australia. But Virat Kohli and company have a golden chance to re-write the history books. The Aussies without Steve Smith and David Warner are powerless as both the cricketers are banned due to ball tampering. Since their ban, Australia hasn’t won a single series across formats. Here are 5 Indians who can propel India to history books in Australia.

Murali Vijay
The batsman from Tamil Nadu scored a fluent 131 ball 129 in the lone practice game has solved India’s opening woes. With the injury to Prithvi Shaw, Vijay’s presence in the team and his contribution at the top will be crucial in deciding the course of India’s innings.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma has been in the form of his life. The Mumbai Indians captain lit up the T20 series with some sensational knocks and his presence in the lower order can provide the stability that the team is craving right now. Although he is an opening batsman but the team management will be looking to make him bat at number 6.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah will be leading the Indian bowling attack in Australia. Bumrah will be licking his lips courtesy the hard and bouncy wickets in Australia and he knows that the pitches down-under will be gret for him. He is the best Indian limited overs bowler and the success for the team in the Tests will also depend on his performance
Ravichandran Ashwin
There is no better spinner to play tests in India but when it comes to playing outside the subcontinent, Ashwin doesn’t come across as the first choice spinner. But on the hard and bouncy tracks in Australia, Ashwin will surely be a force to reckon with for Team India
Virat Kohli
After conquering England and South Africa with the bat, Virat Kohli is hoping to become the first Indian captain to win a test series down-under. His form with the bat could just be the difference between the two sides, VK remember with 602 runs was India’s top scorer of the 2014 series.

Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.

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