The Australians begin their tour of India with a T20 match against the hosts. Both countries have a middling record in the format, with the Aussies still to do anything spectacular at the World Cups. India won the inaugural T20 World Cup, but after that have struggled to get into the knockouts despite playing the IPL where the Indian player plays so much T20 cricket.
The IPL is the most talked about T20 event in the world just like the English Premier League is in football. And just like England hardly seems to do well in the European Championships and World Cups, India too has a pretty ordinary record at the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. That suggests that having the experience of playing lots of matches for the club or franchise does not really matter when it comes to international competitions.
When India won the inaugural T20 world cup and the team was feted with an open bus ride all the way from the airport to Wankhede Stadium, the Australians who were in India then for a seven match one-day series seemed to be riled and wanted to beat the world champs in the one T20 game at the end of the tour.
They felt that too much fuss had been made of the World Cup win with the bus ride, felicitations, etc. forgetting that when they won the 50 overs World Cups, they also had ticker tape receptions in Sydney. India rose to the challenge and beat them most convincingly in that T20 game then, although they had lost the seven match 50 overs series. India’s skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won that T20 game by hooking a searing bumper from Brett Lee one bounce into the square leg fence.
Dhoni will be skipper once again when India begin this series, and he will have with him a band of young players who are capable of matching him stroke for stroke and produce some of their own. More crucially, he will have with him this time a group of fielders who are among the sharpest in world cricket and from whom it is not easy to steal a single nor the extra run.
Nothing can be predicted in a T20 match, but if the Rajkot pitch stays true to its reputation, there will be lots of runs scored and plenty of entertainment had by the cricket lovers.
Professional Management Group