India tour of Australia: Virat Kohli’s Team India favourite to win ODI series against Australia; Check why

Team India is currently in Australia for a gruelling two-months long tour that will feature three ODIs, as many T20Is and four Test matches. The series will kick off with one-day games. The first two ODIs on November 27 and 29 will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while the third ODI and first T20I will take place at the Manuka Oval.

Interestingly, Virat Kohli and Co. will have a psychological advantage when they take on Australia in the ODI series as the last time the Men in Blue visited down under in 2018-19, they clinched the three-match 50-overs series 2-1.

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After losing the first one-dayer in Sydney despite Rohit Sharma’s brilliant hundred, India fought back courtesy Virat Kohli’s century and MS Dhoni’s fifty to claim victory in the second ODI at Adelaide, while in the third ODI it was Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6 for 42 and Dhoni’s unbeaten 87 which helped Team India claim the series at Melbourne.

Also, India have defeated Australia in three of their last five ODI matches.

Ind vs Aus last five ODI matches results (overall)

  • India beat Australia by 7 wickets in Bengaluru in 2020
  • India beat Australia by 36 runs in Rajkot in 2020
  • Australia beat India by 10 wickets in Mumbai in 2020
  • India beat Australia by 36 runs in The Oval in 2019
  • Australia beat India by 35 runs in Delhi in 2019

Notably, even in Australia, India won three of their last five ODI games.

Ind vs Aus last five ODI matches results (in Australia)

  • India beat Australia by 36 runs in The Oval in 2019
  • India beat Australia by 6 wickets in Adelaide in 2019
  • Australia beat India by 34 runs in Sydney in 2019
  • India beat Australia by 6 wickets in Sydney in 2016
  • Australia beat India by 25 runs in Canberra in 2016

Given their past results, it won’t be wrong to say that Virat Kohli and Co. are favourite to win the ODI series against the Aussies.

ODI squads for the India tour of Australia

India’s squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper).

Australia’s squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wicket-keeper), David Warner, Adam Zampa.