Australia has never faced a World Cup opponent as strong as this Indian team. The only way for them to cause an upset in Ahmedabad is to step outside their comfort zone. This Indian team has no weaknesses and has been on a 10-match winning streak at home. Australia, on the other hand, has had eight wins in a row, but is not considered favorites in this tournament.
India’s dodgy tactics to dictate the pitch for their semi-final win over New Zealand is a concern for Australia. It is expected that a similar surface will be prepared for their match in Ahmedabad. This pitch will favor India’s spinners and powerful local batting unit.
When it comes to India’s batters, they will look to dominate Australia’s seamers from the beginning. Rohit Sharma has been aggressive at the top of the order, but can be a candidate for LBW or bowled early in his innings. Mitchell Starc will be a key player for Australia in the power play.
India’s batting revolves around Virat Kohli at No.3. Australia will have to figure out a way to contain him. Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar will be crucial for Australia in this regard. Australia’s fielding has improved and can give them an advantage.
India’s bowlers are also a challenge for Australia. The pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Moammed Siraj will share the bowling workload with the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Australia will need to figure out a way to counter them.
Australia’s middle-order batting has been an issue, but their best hope lies in the top order players like David Warner, Travis Head, or Mitchell Marsh clicking. Captain Pat Cummins is confident they can challenge any team and find a way to win.
Cummins has a chance to silence his critics if he is proactive with his tactics, but it remains to be seen if Australia can take down this strong Indian team.