Which is the most exciting series that is second to The Ashes? Many fans believe it is the Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia that earns this reputation in cricket. Down Under tours have always been tough for India due to the intensity of the competitions and unfamiliar conditions. A lot have changed these years and Team India will take confidence from their successful show last time as they face the Aussies for the all-important trophy, starting next week. Both sides have a handful lot of such players that can turn things around with their influential game skills. Let us look at them closely to know why they are potential gamechangers.
A classical batsman, Pujara was the top-run scorer in the 2018/19 Border Gavaskar series. He played an instrumental role in India’s successful campaign with his ‘slow batting’ and patient approach. Pujara’s fighting knocks helped team India to fare well in bouncy conditions. With Virat Kohli is set to depart after the First Test, Team India’s batting fortunes will heavily depend on this number three batsman.
Bumrah is an influential match-winner who can flip the fortunes of the game on his own in a short span. His lethal yorkers, raw pace and the ability to extract bounce even in a dead pitch makes him a difficult bowler. He had a successful campaign against the Aussies the last time and would look to emulate the same.
Smith’s unorthodox batting style and his unbelievable form makes him a tough wicket to grab for any opposition. The Test No 1 batsman missed Border Gavaskar Series due to the ball tampering ban last time would be hungry to top the run charts.
The World’s number one Test bowler is a hard nut to crack, especially in the home conditions. Cummins is accurate and lethal when bowling with Starc and Hazlewood.
Honourable mentions: Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami, Marnos Labuschagne, Josh Hazlewood