Hindustan Times, New Delhi

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India may have lost the ODI series, but the Virat Kohli & co. can put themselves back into a positive mind frame before the Test series if they manage to win the T20I tournament, which holds a larger significance at the moment. The T20I World Cup will be hosted by India next year and the upcoming three-match series will be a chance for the two of the favourites – India and Australia – to test out the competition. India will likely be playing a team similar to the one they played in the ODIs – except there may be a big call in the bowling department.

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Here is our predicted XI for India for the first T20I against Australia: 

Shikhar Dhawan: Shikhar Dhawan started the tour well with a decent performance in the first ODI – but has struggled in the last two games. He would be eager to fire back in the first T20I.

Mayank Agarwal: Mayank Agarwal, who was dropped in the 3rd ODI, will be eager to put on a performance akin to the ones he displayed in the IPL.

Virat Kohli (c): Virat Kohli has registered two half centuries – but still he has not been able to get a ton this year. The first T20I could be the game when he reaches the mark.

Shreyas Iyer: Shreyas Iyer has managed to get starts – but has failed to convert them to big innings. He needs to showcase why he is still the best player for India’s no.4 batting position.

KL Rahul (wk): KL Rahul would prefer to bat at the top – especially in T20Is – but he would have to settle for the no. 5 role for now.

Hardik Pandya: Hardik Pandya has been the star of the tour so far for India – and this is the format in which he always brings out his best. Australia will not take him lightly.

Ravindra Jadeja: Ravindra Jadeja may have struggled a bit with the ball – but his performance in the 3rd ODI with the bat will see him still being a part of the team.

Washington Sundar: Yuzvendra Chahal was not in the best of form in the ODIs, and he might make way for Washington Sundar in the team – who can also provide India with an additional batting option.

Jasprit Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah will hope he can return to the lethal form he was in the UAE during IPL 2020.

Mohammed Shami: Mohammed Shami would be hoping for a more economical outcome in the first T20I or he could see himself being replaced again.

Deepak Chahar: Deepak Chahar is likely to get a chance as he has the ability to get wickets with the new ball – and he can also bowl a few death overs when required.

India T20 squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar

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