India vs Australia 2018: When India lock horns with hosts Australia in the four-match Test series, there will be cricketers who will feel their Test careers are at stake if they do not get among the runs. These cricketers will also feel if they fail this time, they may not get the support of the coach and the management in the future and that makes this series a do-or-die situation for them. The Virat Kohli-led India will surely be looking to create history in Australia by winning the Test series. On paper, the Indian team looks better than the inexperienced hosts, but again India cannot take Australia lightly in their backyard. They certainly have the pace battery to hurt India.
Here are the three cricketers we feel will try to get runs in order to cement themselves in the team for at least some time.
Hailed as a great potential, KL Rahul surely has not lived up to it. He has been inconsistent and that has not helped his cause in cementing his spot in the Test squad. When Rahul started out, he was known to play big marathon knocks, but he seems to have left that way behind. Today, he is one of the most feared limited overs cricketers, but inconsistency has always let him down. He has all the shots in the book and also looks pleasing to the eyes when in form. His performances against England and Windies have not been up to the mark and with youngsters like Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw around and inform, Rahul need his bat to do the talking.
He is at the twilight of his career. Vijay was dropped from the Tests in England after he played the first two Tests and failed. He then went back to County cricket and got among the runs. He has it in him to see off the new ball in trying conditions and that is what India will hope he does. With openers like KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw around, Vijay will have to come up with the goods if he wants to get picked in the side in the future. The best thing about Vijay is his sound technique and he will hope that aspect of his game comes to the fore. As it stands, he is not guaranteed a spot in the side if he does not put up a good show Down Under.
Hailed as being equivalent to Virat Kohli in the limited overs game, Rohit has never been looked at as a good Test player and that is baffling because no one hits the cricket ball better than him in the side. He has the game, the technique but has never been able to cement his spot in the Test scheme of things. Now that he has got an opportunity again, thanks to his limited overs form, he should look at this as a do-or-die situation for him. Rohit was picked for the South Africa tour earlier this year, but he failed and Kohli was slammed for picking him. He will not want that to happen and look to make the most of the opportunity.
The first Test starts on December 6 in Adelaide.