India vs Australia 2019: 5 key players who could make the difference for India
The Indian Cricket Team will take on Australia in a 5-match ODI series and 2-match T20I series. The 1st match will be a T20I on February 24th in Vishakapatnam. The squad selection of both the sides created few surprises and raised questions about the teams' plans for the World Cup.
India's squad for the T20I series: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Mayank Markande
India's squad for the 1st and 2nd ODIs: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MSD (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will replace Siddharth Kaul for the last 3 ODIs. This Indian team possesses a lot of match-winners and in this segment, we have picked out 5 players who can make the difference for Indian in all series.
Honorable Mentions: Virat Kohli - The Indian captain is known for his high levels of consistency and penchant for scoring a lot of runs. Though he's making a return, he makes a difference for India in every game he plays so let's exclude him from this list and take a look at some of the other performers.
#5 KL Rahul
Yes! It's actually KL Rahul, the last person to be included in this squad and one who has had a terrible start to the year both on and off the field. But he showed real solidarity playing for India A and after a long time, the gritty determination which he had in the early stages of his career was seen in his face.
There's no doubt that he has been inconsistent but the effort he puts into his game can't be questioned. All things apart, Rahul is a fighter and for the first time he's being made to compete for a place in the side and this can bring the best out of him. He will surely get chances as either of the openers will be rested and this time, Rahul can make a difference for the Indian team.