There is one thing that Indians love to do and that is watch their beloved India play cricket, but the last time the Indian team took to the cricket field was when they lost to New Zealand in a test match back at the beginning of March. They were due to play South Africa in an ODI series in March, but this was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
India’s Next Matches
The Indian national team will next be in action in December when they travel to Australia to play four test matches that are part of the ICC World Test Championship. The first Test will be played at The Gabba in Brisbane from the 3rd-7th December, the second Test will be play at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide from the 11th-15th December, the third Test will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne from the 26th-30th December, while the fourth test will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney from the 3rd-7th January.
After these four Test matches have been completed, they will play three ODI matches against Australia. The first ODI will be played on the 12th January at the Optus Stadium in Perth, the second will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on the 15th January, while the third match will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on the 17th January.
Who Will Win?
When it comes to the Test matches, there is no doubt that India has one of the best teams around. However, the fact that they have not played any proper international cricket in months, while Australia have, is something that is probably going to hinder them quite a bit in this series. To add to this, they will be facing some of the fastest bowlers in the world on some of the fastest and bounciest wickets the cricketing world has to offer. Indian cricketers have been known to struggle in such conditions, so we can only imagine how they will cope with little cricket under their belts in the last 9 months. In fact, the bookmakers seem to agree with us as they have Australia as favorites to win the series.
What about the three ODI matches? Well, by then the Indian rust should have worn off, and India has some of the best one-day players in the world in the shape of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah. Australia have a solid team too, and recently became the first team to beat England in an ODI series in England for the first time in five years. Therefore, we feel that it will be a closely fought series, but we think that the Aussies will come out on top thanks to home advantage. The bookmakers seem to agree with us too at this early stage as they have Australia as favorites to win with odds of 1.80 and India to win at odds of 2.00.