SWOT Analysis of India's Test squad for Australia series

SWOT Analysis of India’s Test squad for Australia series

Team India will miss Virat Kohli in the last three Tests.

Indian team
Indian team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian cricket team has reached Australia for a full-fledged tour. The Men in Blue had not played a single international match in eight months ahead of the Australian tour. Despite playing 14-16 matches in IPL 2020, the Indian players, especially the bowlers, looked off-colour in the ODI series.

On the contrary, most of the Australian players had a forgettable IPL season in the United Arab Emirates. But they dominated the visitors in the 50-overs format. It is pertinent to note that even before the COVID-19 break, the Indian team did struggle in the ODI format. New Zealand whitewashed them in the 3-match ODI series. And then, the Kiwis also blanked the Men in Blue in the ICC World Test Championship series.

India has already lost the first position on the ICC World Test Championship points table to the mighty Aussies. The upcoming 4-match series offers India an opportunity to return to the number one position. BCCI has named a star-studded squad for this series.

Here’s a SWOT Analysis of the Indian Test squad:

Strengths 

Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The fast-bowling attack is undoubtedly the biggest strength of India. Although Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Navdeep Saini could not match the expectations in the ODI series, they will perform better with the red ball. Bumrah and Shami had an excellent Test series in Australia last year.

The two right-arm fast bowlers were the architects of India’s historic Test series win against the hosts Down Under. Besides, Saini is a tall pacer who would extract good bounce from the surface. The absence of Ishant Sharma might hurt India’s chances, but they have a great back-up option in Umesh Yadav who might also play ahead of Saini after a good showing in the first warm-up game.

The Vidarbha speedster has immense experience now. He can even strike a few big shots with the bat. Adding Mohammed Siraj to the mix makes it a great fast-bowling unit. Thus, these five players will be crucial to India’s success.