5 Indian Players who could Shock Australia in Upcoming Test Series

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | 0

India have an uphill task ahead as they are scheduled to cross the swords with hosts Australia in the 4-match Test series that begins in the second week of this month. India’s performance in the longest format of the game outside the sub-continent has always been a cause of concern. However, the reigning World Champions possess some top-quality players, who could wipe out their opponents on a given day.

Here, we take a look at the five Indian players who could astound the Aussies with some blistering cricket…


Considered to be one of the best batsmen in the present era of cricket, Virat Kohli is certainly the one to watch out for. With immense talent aided by premature records in his kitty, this man could prove lethal for the Australians, should he succeed in his habit of converting the starts into three-digit figures. Having regained his form in the shorter format of the game lately, his recent slump on England tour is unlikely to keep him away from runs.


The lanky Indian pacer has cemented his place in India’s Test squad after bowling a magical spell at the historical Lord’s ground that helped his team pull off a rare triumph over England on their tour recently. His ability to capitulate the optimum out of his height on the vivacious tracks of Australia makes him a stern menace for Australia in their own backyard. Moreover, a decent outing in the recently-concluded one-day international series against Sri Lanka at home is expected to bolster his performance Down Under.


Although a substandard performance with the willow on England tour reflected his poor form, Cheteshwar Pujara’s temperament and competency to pile on runs can never be doubted. Even he sees eye-to-eye: “Failure has taught me a lot of things and I am hoping it helps me become a better cricketer.”He has proved his worth in a short, yet illustrious career, and might thus hinder Australia’s odds of winning at home.


Many pundits of the sport believe that Karn Sharma’s wrist spin could be very valuable in the Australian conditions, which makes him the one of the threat for the hosts. Besides, he is competent enough to contribute with the bat in the lower-middle order. Moreover, a dip in the form of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja of late, could act as a catalyst to Karn’s inclusion in the main XI.


Mohammed Shami’s ability to clock over 140 kmph on a consistent basis could make him a star, soon in the lively Australian conditions. Having picked 32 wickets in just 9 matches with a stunning half-century with the bat, Shami can be a steadfast man Down Under. Moreover, his unique skill to pull off scalps with the old ball might just prove beneficial for the Indians.

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