Watch: Team India arrive at Melbourne for 2nd T20I

By Chaitanya Laxman

Team India arrived at Melbourne for the second T20I against Australia which will be played on November 22. The team will be looking to level the series after suffering a defeat in the first game.

Team India arrives at Melbourne, Virat interacts with fans

The BCCI uploaded a video of the Indian team deboarding from their bus after reaching Melbourne. The video also shows the Indian captain Virat Kohli interacting with fans. Kohli was seen signing autographs for the fans.

You can watch the video here-

Bumrah shares his travel day on Instagram

Meanwhile, Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has posted a picture with Kohli on Instagram. The picture was clicked during the team’s journey to Melbourne. Bumrah posed the picture with the caption, ‘Travel Day’.

India defeated in the first T20I against Australia

Team India had a bitter start to their campaign in Australia as they were defeated by four runs in the opening T20I match.

Indian bowlers especially the spinners were thrashed by the duo of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis which enabled the home team to amass a big score.

However, despite a good show by opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik, India failed to chase the target.

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The key issue to address for Kohli and the think tank is the balance of the team. The absence of Hardik Pandya has forced Kohli to go with Krunal which results in thining the spin bowling.

If India wishes to level the series then the team management has to find a way to field a strong bowling line-up along with a batting line-up that has enough depth.

Also, the team has to check where KL Rahul fits in the playing XI. In the first game, he batted at number 3 which pushed India’s best batsman Virat Kohli to number four. This plan didn’t work for the team, so it will be interesting to see how India plan their batting line-up on Friday.

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.