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Exclusive | Virender Sehwag to India TV: India will whitewash Australia in T20I series

The men in blue boast of an impressive 9-4 head-to-head record against Australia in the shorter format of the game.

Written by: Subhasish Dutta, New Delhi [ Updated: October 06, 2017 23:39 IST ]
Image Source : AP Rohit Sharma celebrates with Kohli after scoring hundred against Australia

Former India opener Virender Sehwag said India will comfortably whitewash Australia in the three-match T20I series starting in Ranchi on Saturday. A formidable Indian team will look to extend their domination, while a hapless Australia will eye change of fortunes. India dominated the visitors in the five-match series and won it by 4-1 to retain the number one spot in the ODI rankings. Virat Kohli and his army would be keen for a perfect finish to the T20I series. 

Sehwag said it won't be a difficult task for the hosts to sweep the series.

"I think India will win 3-0 in the T20 series because we have beaten them 3-0 in Australia. So, I think we can easily beat Australia 3-nil in our own backyard," Sehwag said on India TV's "Cricket Ki Baat" show from Ranchi.

If India made life difficult for Australia in the ODI series, then it could be worse for Steve Smith's men in the T20Is as India boast of a 9-4 head-to-head record.

In the last T20I bilateral series, India made a 3-0 clean sweep in Australia in January last year while they have lost only once out of the five series played between the two nations. 

A reliable pool of bowlers in both pace and spin department to complement their traditional batting might is what makes Kohli's side look so formidable. They have looked flawless, be it against reigning world champions Australia or a new-look Sri Lanka. 

The Nawab of Najafgarh also reckoned that with opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is back in the side after a short break, will get a chance to open the innings alongwith Rohit Sharma

"I think Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will open in the T20Is. Both of them had a good series in Sri Lanka and then Shikhar had to leave because of a family problem. But now when he is back, he will get a chance to play. And talking about Rohit, he scored a century in the last ODI against Australia so he will surely get a chance," Sehwag said.

Talking about the Australian team, Sehwag said David Warner and Aaron Finch might cause some problems for Team India after both the Aussie openers regained their form towards the end of the ODI series. 

"I think David Warner and Aaron Finch can be dangerous for India in the T20 series. Both the Aussie openers have regained their form in the ODI series and if they are there till 10 or 15 overs, they can win the match for Australia," he said.

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