Michael Clarke warns Indian team: The former Australian captain has revealed the consequences of India not doing well in ODIs and T20Is in Australia.
The high-profile India’s tour of Australia will begin with the first ODI on November 27 in Sydney. While the Australian summer mostly begins with a Test match preferably in Brisbane, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot as far as the customary schedule is concerned.
Following the footsteps of Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis who had opened up on the obvious that India captain Virat Kohli will give it his all during his brief stay on the tour of Australia, former Australia captain Michael Clarke also expects Kohli to lead from the front especially on a tour where he will return to India after the first Test.
“These one-dayers and these Twenty20s is where Virat Kohli can really stand up and lead from the front. I think the tone he sets with this team will play a big role when he leaves, after the first Test match,” Clarke was quoted as saying by Sky Sports Radio on Tuesday.
Michael Clarke warns Indian team ahead of Sydney ODI
Clarke’s primary reason of expecting Kohli and the Indian team to do well is around the momentum which will be generated by victories in ODIs and T20Is. The 39-year old laid emphasis on how India might face a potential danger of getting whitewashed especially if they start on a losing note in white-ball cricket.
“If India don‘t have success in the one-dayers and the T20Is, they are in deep trouble in the Test matches and they’ll get smoked 4-0, in my opinion,” Clarke added.
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— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 21, 2020
Before the first Test commences from December 17 in Adelaide, India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is to return to international cricket after 270 days.
Apart from Kohli missing the last three Tests to be with his wife as the two are expecting their first child in January, India white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma is also highly likely to miss the whole tour due to a hamstring tear.