Ind vs Aus: Australian IPL 2020 flops stump India while playing for their national team

Ind vs Aus – Australian IPL 2020 flops stump India while playing for Australia: Team India produced a shameful performance in the first Test as Australia won the D/N Test match in Adelaide by eight wickets. Virat Kohli’s team, which is considered to be one of the best side in the world was annihilated as in the second innings they were bowled out for 36 – which is their lowest ever Test score. Hence, it would be wise to say that IPL does not guarantee a good performance in a 50-over format or Test cricket.

To put that in perspective, India’s IPL star players who had a great outing in UAE during the recently concluded league, has struggled to replicate it Down Under. Australia, however, had a different story altogether. Players who were termed a big IPL 2020 flops, have been in red-hot form while playing for the country.

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Here we take a look at Australian players who were termed big flops in IPL 2020 but have been outstanding in the series against India:

Glenn Maxwell: Termed as IPL’s million-dollar flop, Maxwell proved his mettle in the ODI and T20I series against India. Maxwell, who scored just 108 runs in 13 IPL 2020 matches for KXIP, smashed 167 runs in three ODI games and 78 runs in three T20I games at a terrific strike rate for Australia. He was the biggest reason for Australia posting 370+ targets in first two ODI games.

Pat Cummins: The Australian pacer emerged as the top buy in IPL 2020 auction as he was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for whopping Rs 15.5 crore but he produced a average show in tournament – picking just 12 wickets in 14 matches.

However, Cummins has been at his lethal best when playing for Australia. In the second ODI against India, he bagged three wickets, while in the first Test he clinched seven wickets. He was one of the main reasons behind India’s dismal show in second innings as he finished (4/21) and removed Shaw, Bumrah, Pujara and Kohli.

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Notably, he took 31 matches to take 150 Test wickets, the joint Second-fastest for Australia. He shares this feat with Dennis Lillee, Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill. Clarrie Grimmett was the quickest though getting to 150 Test wickets in 28 Tests.

Josh Hazlewood: Hazlewood gave further proof to why he is the finest Australian pacer across format as after sending Kohli back to the pavilion in all three ODIs, Hazlewood returned figures of (5/8) in the second innings of the first Test. He proved out to be too hot to handle for Indian batsmen in the Adelaide Test owing to which they were bowled out for mere 36.

Interestingly, Hazlewood took 25 deliveries to complete his five-wicket haul and bowled third most-economical five-wicket haul for Australia in Tests (1.6) and the best since 1947 when Ernie Toshack took 5 for 2.

Notably, Hazlewood played only three games in IPL 2020 and picked just a wicket.

Steve Smith and Aaron Finch: Australia had near-perfect ODI series, thanks to splendid batting display by Finch and Smith. Finch led his team from the front in all three ODI matches. He managed to build the necessary platform to let batsman after him play freely.

Interestingly, RCB had benched him due to his off-form in the IPL. His total in 12 games was 268, while in the Australian jersey he scored 249 in just three ODI games.

Finch’s bright form also inspired Steve Smith, who smashed back-to-back centuries in the first two ODIs and was the biggest difference between two sides in the series. However, the former Australian skipper had struggled to hit the right chord in IPL for Rajasthan Royals (RR) due to instability in the batting line-up. But with Australia, the story has been different.

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The list is led by none other than the struggling Jasprit Bumrah, who was horrible in ODI series and missed T20Is before producing average show in the first Test, in which he managed to pick just two wickets.

Yuzvendra Chahal shares a similar storyline. The leading bowler in Royal Challenger Bangalore’s outfit, chipping 21 wickets, faded away in the blue jersey and was the most expensive bowler for India in ODI series.

Even Wriddhiman Saha who smashed 214 runs in just four IPL 2020 games, was poor with the bat in the first Test as he scored just 9 and 4 in the first and second innings respectively.