India vs Australia 2019 1st T20I: India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is making a comeback to the squad and would be on the cusp of another milestone. India host Australia at Vizag for the 1st T20I and Bumrah would require two wickets to join Ravichandran Ashwin to become the second Indian bowler to pick 50 T20I wickets. Bumrah is currently on 48, whereas Ashwin has 52 wickets. If he manages to pick four wickets in two T20Is, he will equal Ashwin.
Given the form Bumrah is in, one cannot write off the possibility of him going past Ashwin as well.
“Jasprit Bumrah is also making his comeback and it would be a very big plus for Team India to have him as it is very tough to face his reverse swing when the ball gets old. It is a massive sign for India to have the full strength side. I believe the series will end 4-1 in favour of India,” Harbhajan said.
The seven-match tour comprising two T20Is and five ODIs will be India’s last international assignment before the ICC World Cup 2019, which starts on May 30 in England and Wales.
India won a historic Test and ODI series Down Under last month and Virat Kohli – back after a break to lead the side – and coach Ravi Shastri will be hoping for a repeat performance.
Kohli will look to straightway get back among runs after a sterling 2018 where he ended the year with an astounding 2,735 runs from 38 matches across formats.
He averages 61 from 13 T20I innings against Australia with five half-centuries in those games.
The match starts at 7:00 pm IST.