The Australia tour of India 3-match T20I series ended excitingly. Both teams batted brilliantly and challenged each other as well. The big positives from Australia were the newcomers Cameron Green, and Tim David, and concerns were the form of Maxwell who was kept silent by India.
If we talk about India, the big positives were the multiple match winners like Rohit, Virat, Surya, Hardik, and Axar winning the game for the side from difficult match situations. And major concern for India in the complete series was their death bowling.
Here’s the Best Combined Playing 11 from the recent series between India and Australia on the basis of the performances.
Mathew Wade scored 89 runs with a massive strike rate of 202 in the 3 matches including 10 fours and 5 sixes. He also showed some amazing skills behind the wickets in the 3rd T20I including a stunner diving catch of KL Rahul. The main reason behind the exclusion of both the Indian wicket-keepers Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant was not getting enough game time in the series.
Rohit Sharma the top-order batsman from India, played a winning knock of 46 runs in just 20 balls in the 2nd T20I of 8 overs per side and also looked in a decent touch while providing quick starts inside the powerplay. In total in the series, he scored 74 runs with a strike rate of 172 in the 3 matches including 7 fours and 6 sixes.
Virat Kohli who always takes charge of the team to play the anchor role scored 63 runs in the 48 balls and helped India to chase 187 runs after the fall of two early wickets. He scored 76 runs with a strike rate of 125.
Suryakumar Yadav was the star batsman from the Indian side, whose two exceptional innings helped India to reach the target beyond 200 in the 1st T20I and stitched a 100 plus partnership with Virat to chase down the target of 186 in the decider 3rd T20I where he scored 69 runs in 36 balls. Surya scored a total of 115 runs with a strike rate of 185 in the 3 T20Is.
Tim David name synonym for the Six-hitting machine showed his finishing skills, especially in the 3rd T20I where he scored 54 runs in just 27 balls. Overall, he scored 74 runs with a strike rate of 168 in the series.
Cameron Green was probably one of the best and the big positives for Australia from this series. He reacted aggressively almost on each and every ball he faced which was also fruitful for him and his side. He scored great knocks in both the first and third T20Is. Overall, he scored 118 runs with a massive strike rate of 214. He was also very economical with his bowling spell, especially in the decider match.
Hardik Pandya, this guy is in some serious form after winning the IPL 2022 trophy as captain. His availability as a complete all-rounder in the T20Is gives the luxury to the management to play an extra batsman or a bowler as per the need. In the series, his career-best knock of 71 runs in just 30 balls helped India to cross the 200 mark in the first T20I and also finished well in the last T20I to clinch the series. In total, he scored 105 runs with an impressive strike rate of 191.
Axar Patel who was the player of the series and leading wicket-taker of the series as well, took 8 wickets in the 3 matches on those pitches usually where spinners do not perform well. Behind him, the next-best bowler took 3 wickets. He was also the bowler with a very less economy of 6.80. But, he did not get enough game time as a batter in the series.
Daniel Sams bowled different variations and troubled Indian batters a bit and took 2 wickets as well. And with the bat, helped his side by adding 68 runs for the 7th wicket in the decider T20I, where he scored 28 runs in 20 balls including 1 four and 2 sixes.
Josh Hazelwood is currently ranked 1 T20I bowler, in the powerplay overs where he focuses to trouble the batsmen by bowling on good lengths as he normally does with the red ball. He took just 2 wickets and also was a little expensive during this tour but was better than the other pacers of his domain. That’s why he makes it into the best combined playing 11.
Adam Zampa probably was the best bowler from the Australian side in the series where he troubled India, especially in the 2nd T20I while defending 91 in 8 overs and also, he took 3 wickets in the 2 overs. But, he went wicketless in the 1st and 3rd games of the series.
Rohit (C), Cameron, Virat, Suryakumar, Hardik, Wade (w), Tim, Daniel, Axar, Hazelwood, and Zampa.