Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (along with his wife Aashita Sood) head out to a cafe in Canberra ahead of the 1st T20I against Australia on Friday.
Hardik Pandya posted a selfie from his outing with his teammates and Mayank Agarwal’s wife Aashita Sood (Hardik Pandya Instagram)
- Kohli, Pandya, Rahul and Agarwal were spotted at a cafe in Canberra
- Mayank Agarwal’s wife Aashita Sood also joined the cricketers for the outing in the capital city
- India and Australia are all set to lock horns at the Manuka Oval in the first of 3 T20Is on Friday
Team India cricketers Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal stepped out of their hotel for an outing in Canberra just before the first T20 international against Australia on Friday.
The players were seen at a cafe in the capital city with Mayank Agarwal’s wife Aashita Sood also joining the group. Hardik Pandya posted a selfie from his outing with his teammates.
India and Australia are all set to lock horns at the Manuka Oval in the first T20I of the three-match series.
Virat Kohli’s side lost the ODI series 2-1 and will be looking to bounce back strong in the shorter format before they clash in the four-match Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from December 17.
“Out and about beautiful sunny Canberra,” Hardik captioned his post.
The Indian team possesses a much more balanced squad in the shortest format while the hosts are without a couple of their key players like David Warner and Pat Cummins.
Cummins has been rested from the T20Is to get some much-needed rest before the Border-Gavaskar Test series while Warner has injured his groin and is racing against time to be fit for the Test series.
For India, Rahul should open the batting along with Shikhar Dhawan. Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Manish Pandey should form the team’s middle-order. Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja formed a good partnership in the 3rd ODI and the duo will look to do the same at the No. 6 and No. 7 positions.
India have an edge over Australia when it comes to overall T20I clashes as they have won 11 in comparison to hosts’ 8.
In 2018, India won one of the two completed T20Is while in 2016, they registered a clean sweep win, 3-0, over the hosts. Virat Kohli’s boys have their best chance of winning a series in Australia in the T20I format and could begin well at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.