After a convincing series win over the World T20 champions West Indies, India will aim to extend their unbeaten T20I series winning streak as they take on Australia in a three-match T20I series beginning November 21.
Virat Kohli will lead India for the first time in full-fledged tour Down Under. The T20I series has already got much attention with some of the big players missing out from both the sides. Australia have rested few of their key players to be match fit before the Test series while Dhoni's exclusion from the T20Is was a huge topic of discussion in India.
India will look to overcome the Aussie challenge and repeat their heroics from the previous tour when they clean swept the hosts to take the series 3-0, though the current Australian T20 team is a different line up featuring some of the superstars from their domestic T-20 league.
With a highly anticipated series in prospect, here's a look at some of the records which can be broken in the three T20I encounters between the two heavyweights.
#1 Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli can become two highest run-getters in T20Is
Two of India's finest batsmen in recent times in limited overs cricket, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are nearing towards another milestone in the shortest format of the game. The duo is just short of acquiring the top two positions in the list of highest run-getters in the T20Is.
Rohit, who captained India in the three-match successful outing against West Indies, was in sublime touch and would hope to continue his great run with the bat. He’s just 64 runs short of toppling Martin Guptill for most runs in T20Is.
While Virat Kohli who missed the T20I series sits fifth in the same list. He has an aggregate of 2102 runs at a strike rate of 136. It would be a golden opportunity for both the top order batsman to plunder runs in the series and grab the top two positions in the list for most run scorers in this format.
#2 Rohit Sharma just eight short of registering most T20I sixes
The Indian limited overs opener is going through a purple patch in his career. Rohit who recently became the only skipper to register four T20I tons is spotting the ball like a football. His exquisite timing of the ball and his ability to hit sixes at will is taking him a step closer to registering another milestone in his career.
The ease with which Sharma strikes the ball is in itself a delight to watch. His effortless strokes makes one a true admirer of his skills with the bat.
With 96 sixes in just 87 T20I games to his name, Rohit is just eight short of going past Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle’s tally of 103 sixes each in the T20Is. It will add another feather to his cap as he claims the elusive feat. The Mumbaikar will hope to get to the landmark in the series vs Australia and continue to produce those fireworks at the top of the order for his side.
#3 India on the brink of most consecutive T20I wins Down Under
Indian T20I team has always prospered with the kind of talent coming to the fore courtesy their IPL success. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant who have been fast-tracked after their IPL success have added a lot of value to the side. The Indian team has been on an unbeaten series streak owing to such fine players making the squad.
However, India also boasts of a rare feat of beating Aussies in four consecutive T20 matches at their home soil. They clean swept the hosts in a 3-match series in 2015-16 and won the final T20I on their 2011-12 tour.
If the visitors go on to win the first T20I at Brisbane, they’ll become the first opponent in the history to beat the Aussies in five consecutive T20 games at home. This will be a moment of pride for any team as it is never easy to get past Australia in any format of the game, especially in their conditions.
#4 Most consecutive bilateral T20I series (3 or more matches) wins for India
In recent years, India have played some of their finest limited overs cricket of all time. Ranked No.2 in both the shorter formats, India have dominated world cricket in every possible aspect. The top-order has clicked and the bowlers have responded to every crunch situation. The team boasts of a great balance and tends to apply themselves to every condition.
Courtesy of such factors, India have won all of their last nine T20I bilateral series of three or more games. In fact, they have played only nine and stand jointly with Pakistan for most consecutive series wins.
Against Australia, they stand a chance to go past the neighbors and achieve this remarkable feat of ten consecutive bilateral series win. It will be huge for their confidence ahead of the Test series and they can also challenge Pakistan, who is Ranked No.1 in T20Is, for the numero uno position.
#5 Australia chasing their first series win against India is past ten years
The Ball-tampering scandal has left one of the darkest imprints in cricket in Australia. Ever since the dreadful incident, Australian cricket has failed to recover the loss incurred after the ban of two of their most crucial players in David Warner and Steve Smith.
The loss will be felt even more when the hosts take the field in their quest to battle out against the consistent Virat-led Indian side. With T20I series, Australia will look to change their fortunes as they chase their first series win over India in the last ten years.
They last won a one-off T20I series against India in 2007-08 on their home soil. In the subsequent years, the Aussies have always been on the losing end with India proving to be too good for the Men in Yellow.