Even a win in a truncated T20 against India will be hailed as a significant moment in a possible renaissance for Australia. Wednesday in Brisbane was only their sixth win in 23 internationals since the sandpaper came out in Cape Town, reports ESPN.
Three of those wins have been against Zimbabwe and UAE. Imagine starting this big India tour with a defeat. India already have eyes set on their first-ever Test series win in Australia. A win at the start of the tour is expected to lift Australia’s spirit, or at least not let them be dispirited.
India should be bitterly disappointed they let Australia get away with this one.They are wary of going in without an all rounder, so Krunal Pandya had to play. They are also wary of playing three spinners, so one of their two match-winning wrist spinners had to sit out. They didn’t get their match-ups right – Jasprit Bumrah didn’t bowl to Chris Lynn at all even though he has a great record against the big hitter. Captain Virat Kohli also sacrificed his No. 3 position to accommodate KL Rahul.
Marcus Stoinis played the perfect allrounder’s role for Australia in the opening match, scoring 33 off 19 and then backing it up with an excellent final over with only 12 to defend.
He is what India don’t have: a proper bowler who can bowl his quota of overs and play the big shots when needed.
India should make the bold decision of playing three spinners. Dropping Krunal after an off-night will diminish their batting. With the MCG’s big boundaries, India should have the confidence of playing Chahal over Khaleel Ahmed. KL Rahul should continue now that he has been shown faith in.