Scoring runs against Australia has always been a daunting task for the batters because Aussies are canny with their plans, tactics and strategy in outsmarting the opposition. There is a reason why they are the most successful team in the world and their decorated trophy cabinet serves as a testament to this fact.
Australia have won five ODI World Cups, two Champions trophies, 1 T20 World Cup and 1 ICC World Test Championship, becoming the first and only team to win all the ICC trophies. Australia will lock horns with Team India in the upcoming three-match ODI series, with the ODI opener slated to begin on September 22, Friday.
The first ODI will be held at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. The second ODI will be held on September 24, Sunday at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore whereas the third and final ODI will be held on September 27, Wednesday at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.
Indian batters will be looking forward to posing a threat to the Australian bowlers. Let’s take a glimpse at the three current Indian batters with a 50+ batting average against Australia in ODIs.
1. Rohit Sharma
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has the best batting average against Australia in the 50-over format among the current Indian players. He has played 42 games against Australia wherein he scored 2251 runs at an average of 59.23 including 8 centuries, 8 fifties and 1 double century, registering his best score of 209. He will be looking forward to the upcoming ODI series against the Aussies.
2. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya has the second-best batting average against Australia in ODIs among the current Indian players. Having played 12 games against the Aussies, Hardik Pandya mustered 546 runs at an average of 54.60, registering his best score of 92*. Overall, he has hammered four half-centuries to his credit.
3. Virat Kohli
Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli has a terrific batting record against all opposition teams in international cricket. He has also been terrific against Australia, mustering 2172 runs at an average of 52.97. Notably, he scored eight centuries and 11 half-centuries, registering his personal best score of 123.