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first_imgIndia go into the three-match Twenty20 International series in Australia on the back of some superlative performances in the format. Recently, they thrashed the visiting West Indies and that too in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who was rested for the three-match series.They swept aside the reigning T20 world champions Windies 3-0 to complete their best-ever seventh straight series victory. The win also extended India’s unbeaten streak in T20I series to nine, a journey that had started against Sri Lanka in a one-off match last year.India have been dominant not just at home but also on foreign soil in the format.Even on their previous tour in 2016, India whitewashed Australia in a three-match series. In fact, India have been a dominant side since the start of 2016 and have lost only two of their 14 bilateral series in this period. Both their losses came against the Windies.Also Read – Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah remain on top of ICC ODI rankingsApart from bilateral series, India also won the T20 Asia Cup in 2016, reached the semi-finals of World Twenty20 and won the Nidahas trophy tri-series.This was made possible by some consistent performance from A to Z of Team India.Virat Kohli has been phenomenal across formats but the Indian team does not end there. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are equally a nightmare for any bowling attack in the world while the pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar mostly succeed in executing their plans if not always.advertisementRead – Australia brace for a summer of battle against Virat KohliThe spin-twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav show no mercy either on their opposition.It’s a known fact that Kohli is top dog and once again will be prime target of the Australia bowling attack. But who else will be key as India aim for their 4th T20I series triumph over Australia? In fact, the Aussies have managed to win only once in 6 contested series while two were drawn.Here’s a look at the top five Indian’s to watch out for in the T20 series Down Under:Rohit Sharma: The man is on a roll at the moment and recently smashed his record fourth century. In the words of former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar, Rohit Sharma has all the elements in matching the destructive batting nature of Viv Richards and Virender Sehwag. Rohit Sharma holds the record for most centuries in T20Is (AP Photo)Rohit not just contributes with bat but was is also a very good fielder and he proved that during the series win over the Windies. And, on top of everything, skipper Kohli would also be relying on Rohit’s on-field inputs which may prove vital in decision-making.Shikhar Dhawan: The southpaw will be eager to let his bat do all the talking after his failure in England and axe from the Test squad. However, Dhawan bounced back strongly in the Asia Cup winning the player-of-the-tournament award and continued his good work in the limited-overs series against the Windies. Shikhar Dhawan will be eager to improve his record against Australia (AP Photo)Dhawan has played three matches in Australia scoring a total of 73 runs at 24.33. He will be keen to improve on those numbers when the two sides face-off from November 21.Rishabh Pant: Rishabh Pant has emerged as the rightful successor to MS Dhoni. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been impressive so far in his international career. He stormed into the Test arena with a blistering hundred in England before identical scores of 92 in the Tests against the West Indies. In the final T20 against the Windies, Pant hit a blazing fifty to set up India’s victory. Rishabh Pant has been impressive in international cricket so far (AP Photo)Pant is yet to be tried as a wicketkeeper in the limited-overs but the southpaw has already showcased his talent with the willow in his hand. Australia series will be another challenge for the 21-year-old and Pant made his intentions clear in Chennai with a stroke-filled 58 before boarding the flight.Also Read – India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tourJasprit Bumrah: The right-arm pacer is Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler without a doubt. He has only gone from strength-to-strength ever since making his T20I debut against Australia in January 2016. The world No.1 bowler in ODIs is consistent and possesses a great quality of bowling yorkers at will. Jasprit Bumrah has picked up 10 wickets against Australia (AP Photo)Bumrah loves preying upon Australia it seems. Out of his 46 wickets in T20Is, a lion’s share of his success has come against Australia. Bumrah has picked up 10 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 17.70.advertisementKuldeep Yadav: A five-wicket haul in T20Is is no mean feat. The Chinaman has established himself as one of the key weapons in India’s bowling arsenal. Even though he is yet to play against Australia in the T20 format, the left-arm spinner has a superb record against them in the Test and ODIs.He made his Test debut against Australia last year and a few months later grabbed a hat-trick in the ODIs against them. Australia have been tormented by Kuldeep in the past and the T20s will provide the wrist-spinner to maintain his upper hand over the Aussie batsmen. Kuldeep Yadav is only among the three Indian bowlers to have picked up a five-wicket haul in T20Is (AP Photo)The three-match T20 series will be played on November 21, 23 and 25 before the two teams face-off in a four-match Test series. The two cricketing giants will also play an ODI series in January next year.last_img read more