India vs Australia 2017: 6 players to watch out for this series

On February 23, the world of cricket will once again witness a 70-year-old rivalry unfolds its new chapter on Indian soil. As India lock horns with the Aussies, here is a list of players who would intend to script history in the coming momentous Test series.

Feb 21, 2017, 21:16 PM IST
David Warner

Despite his incalculability to stick to the crease, this left-handed opener will be a key player for the visiting side as he would be looking at giving the visitors a confident start. He couldn't quite live up to his job as an opener when Australia last toured India in 2013, but over the years the 30-year-old has picked up on his low points through his experince at IPL matches.

Mitchell Starc

His ability to swing it through the wind is what makes him a death-dealing pacer. With the departure of Johnson, Starc seemed to have proved his worth filling up the gap and strenthening the Aussie pace attack. For the Indians, it is the openers who are at stake. Their unpredictability at crease is what Starc will be banking on. Apart from that, some verbal delight with the Indian skipper is something to look forward to as well.

Steve Smith

If India's strength lies at spinning the ball, then he has the antidote to nullify it. Ranked 1 on the list of Test batsmen, the Aussie skipper Steve Smith will give the Indian spin duo quite a hard time. With numerous batting records back home, Smith will be aiming to alter India's current winning streak of 19.

Ravindra Jadeja

He is second to Ashwin on the list of best Test bowlers. Apart from his bowling, the 'man who performed the sword dance' has the ability to talk with his bat too, and that was evident even during the one-off Test against Bangladesh. He scored a half-century and dismissed six Bangladeshi batsmen in total. Combining with Ashwin, the duo can prove to be party poppers for Australian partnerships.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Riding on the best form in his career over the past year or so, this offie is to bowling what Virat Kohli is to bating. Ashwin has been really quick in picking up wickets on home ground and is currently ranked number 1 in ICC Test rankings. He recently became the fastest bowler to pick up 250 Test wickets and is thus a lethal weapon for the visiting side.

Virat Kohli

Words fall short to describe 'The run machine'. His aggressive style of play, gritty strokes and records notched up with each progressing Test match are probably enough to sketch out the kind of influential Indian skipper he is. Scoring four double tons in the past seven months has made Kohli a major subject of concern to the Aussie bowling attack.