The Indian Premier League (IPL), the most prestigious T20 competition in the world, unites players from across countries and cultures. Most of Australia’s squad in the T20I series against Team India entered the lucrative franchise league.
Needless to say, the international competitors became friends after playing at the IPL. These friendships made field battles much more enjoyable to watch, while also adding a new dimension to the game in terms of strategy and planning.
Here are three IPL friendships that could light up the India-Australia T20I series, which kicks off today in Mohali.
Honorable Mention: Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch
#3 Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell
Teammates at both the Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell have enjoyed a strong friendship over the years in the IPL. Although they now play for different franchises, with Chahall having moved to Rajasthan Royals, the duo can often poke fun at each other.
Maxwell had this to say about Chahal last year:
“We were on the same team for the first time in 2013 for the Mumbai Indians. So we’ve been friends for a very long time. We’ve been close ever since. Every time we’ve faced each other it’s been like that. it felt like a big hug before. game. I was playing with him while I was on the ground, giving him a hard time while I hit the ball and he was bowling.”
Chahal vs Maxwell is going to be a notable big fight in mid lane. The foot spinner eliminated the Aussie maverick hitter five times in 13 T20 innings, but Maxwell beat him by 178.37.
#2 Pat Cummins and Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik may not be part of the Kolkata Knight Riders anymore, but the veteran goalkeeper has had a good run with the franchise, in which he even captained them for a couple of seasons. One of KKR’s most expensive signings, Pat Cummins, has been around under him for a considerable amount of time.
The duo have been caught teasing each other on social media, and their battle on the field will be even more exciting to watch in the India-Australia series. With Mitchell Starc missing, Cummins may have more of a role to play in the death, where he might run into a Karthik bandit. Who will overcome the championship?
#1 Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood
RCB teammates Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood are two of the best T20 pitchers in the world right now. While Harshal has only recently returned from injury and hasn’t burned through the T20I stage with his performances, Hazlewood has developed into an incredibly talented versatile tempo.
These may not be as direct opponents as the other two on the list, but Harshal and Hazlewood will have points to prove. While the former player wants to establish his place on the Indian side against the likes of Arshdeep Singh, the Australian speedster will cut his duties for him under conditions that may not support him. me much with the new ball.
Q. Who will come out on top in the Indo-Australian series T20I?
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