3 players who might struggle in Australia and 3 who won't

The rise of Virat Kohli started in Australia.
The rise of Virat Kohli started in Australia.
Vishal Raman

India has been completely dominant against the West Indies in the home conditions which was on the expected lines, and the next Test assignment will be against a relatively inexperienced and weak Australia side in their own backyard. This is the best chance in a long time the Indian team has had to win a series overseas.

Enough said this won't be any easy given Australia's potent bowling attack, and India's strong yet struggling batting lineup barring Virat Kohli who has been the pillar of the team. The chance lies with the fact that India has one of the best bowling attacks in the world and India's best in quite some time.

There are a lot of fresh faces in both the sides. While the Indian selectors decided to look beyond the tried and tested combo of Vijay and Dhawan, Australia, on the other hand, had to because of the suspension of David Warner and Steve Smith.

But apart from that, these two sides have a pretty balanced bowling attack which means the side batting well will come out as the winners. We will look at the 3 Indian players who might struggle in Australia and, 3 who probably won't

Honorable Mention: Virat Kohli

There is nothing wrong that Virat can do at the moment.
There is nothing wrong that Virat can do at the moment.

Virat Kohli is at the peak of his career and has achieved a lot in his first decade at the international arena, and is having another good season with the bat which he is making a habit for the past few years, and is already setting an example for the rest of the pack to follow.

He is unquestionably a legend in the making and will look to emulate or even surpass his own performances of four years ago in the same country.

But Virat's major accomplishment will be to leading this Indian side to a maiden series win in Australia and also winning the World Cup for the third time for India.

#3 Who Might Struggle- Bhuvneshwar Kumar

One of India's best in recent times.
One of India's best in recent times.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has missed the majority of India's Test matches in 2018 owing to injury and also highlighting the team's strong bowling lineup which didn't miss the services of Bhuvi.

While Bhuvi definitely has evolved as a great bowler over the years, his style of bowling may not be suited for the Australian conditions and could struggle to get wickets in good tracks. The Bhuvi we know has improved his game a lot over the years and will need to do much more if he is to be successful down under in Australia.

The selectors and the captain Virat Kohli have hinted that Bhuvneshwar will be picked only on the merit of the pitch, and the conditions during the South Africa where he was dropped after the second match of the tour even after performing well in the first outing.

#3 Who Won't Struggle- Bumrah

Leading wicket-taker in this tour
Leading wicket-taker in this tour

While Bhuvneshwar Kumar might struggle in Australia this time around, but this might not be the case with his partner in crime Jasprit Bumrah. The rapid rise of Jasprit Bumrah has been the biggest reason for India's success in the bowling department.

India will once again look up to their ace bowler to exploit the bounce, and the quickness of the wicket to help the team creating the breakthrough in the weak Aussie batting line-up. Bumrah's unorthodox bowling action combined with consistent bowling line, and length has been the reason behind his success in South Africa, and England.

This is will be Bumrah's first trip to Australia, and adapting to conditions can be tough for him, but the recent history shows that Bumrah has evolved a lot as a bowler, and one can expect him to get into the rhythm from the word get-go. Don't be surprised even if Bumrah tops the chart of most wicket takers.

#2 Who might struggle- Cheteshwar Pujara

Should India consider other options at No.3 like Hanuma Vihari?
Should India consider other options at No.3 like Hanuma Vihari?

Let's face it, Cheteshwar Pujara does not deliver all the promises that he shows. Pujara is one of the rare batsmen who still play the Test matches the traditional match way. But this has been the downfall of Pujara many a time.

Pujara's strategy of playing the long game has quite worked the way that the Indian team has expected it. Pujara is not the most comfortable looking batsman in the Indian team while travelling overseas. Apart from the lone century in England, Pujara has failed to build a good platform for the middle order in alien conditions.

This tour to Australia might be no different from the one from the previous were struggled to make runs while the rest of his teammates were able to adapt to the pace, and the bounce of the wicket.

#2 Who won't struggle- Ajinkya Rahane

Return of Ajinkya Rahane that we know
Return of Ajinkya Rahane that we know

Ajinkya Rahane has not been in the best of forms since the home season a few years ago. This meant that Rahane was dropped from the Indian Test side despite being the vice-captain of the team. Several bad performances from Rohit Sharma led to Rahane's recall into the Indian set up where he made a match-winning knock of 48 in conditions that were not suited to the batsman.

His road to redemption hit a roadblock when the team travelled to England, but he managed to retain his spot with some vital knocks. Even in the third match, Ajinkya played a helping hand in India's win.

If history is taken into consideration, Rahane was the second best batsman after Virat Kohli on the previous tour to Australia. India will once again bank on Kohli, and Rahane to steady the ship for India if they have to win the Test series.

#1 Who might struggle- Prithvi Shaw

The Prodigy might have a tough time
The Prodigy might have a tough time

This might come as a surprise to some people as the recent outing against West Indies was very successful for the young Prithvi Shaw, but a weak West Indies bowling attack in home conditions in no match to the world-class Australian bowling attack in the away conditions.

Even the experienced openers have found it difficult in Australia, and this young man will be facing this lethal Australian attack with huge loads of expectation on his shoulder. Shaw is the Sehwag mould batsman, but not all are the Nawab from Najafgarh and it is too early to compare them both.

This Australian tour will be the litmus test for Prithvi Shaw, but with age on his side, and a captain who is willing to back him all the way, one can expect even a bad trip can help him to retain the spot as an opener.

#1 Who won't struggle- Ravindra Jadeja

Will there be another sword celebration in Australia?
Will there be another sword celebration in Australia?

The Australian tour will be the biggest challenge for Ravindra Jadeja, and the comeback man from Saurashtra will looking to cement his spot as the primary spinner in this Indian test side. An injury to Ravichandran Ashwin at the end of the 4th test match against England meant that Jadeja was drafted into the team for the final match, and the world once again witnessed his iconic Sword celebration.

This was not the end of Jadeja's road to redemption, as an injury to Axar Patel in the Asia Cup meant that Jadeja made a comeback into the ODI team where he once again delivered when the team needed. He did not stop there as well, he went onto score his maiden century against West Indies in the Test format.

These performances have earned Jadeja a spot above Ashwin when India travels overseas, and if Jadeja can continue to impress the selectors with his performances, he can very well punch a ticket to England for ICC World Cup 2019.

Edited by Vignesh Ananthasubramanian


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