5 players to watch out for in the India vs. Australia test series

India vs. Australia is one of the most anticipated contests in Cricket. These two goliaths of the cricketing world have gone head-to-head on multiple occasions and will face each other again starting today in a 4 match test series.

The two teams have played 90 matches with Australia holding the upper hand with 40 wins compared to India's 24. One Test was tied while 25 ended in draws. However, India has been dominant at home with 19 wins from 46 matches compared to Australia's 12. 14 test matches have ended in a draw while one test match resulted in a tie.

After winning against England and Bangladesh, India’s confidence is sky high, but Team Australia is also in great form, with recent test victories against South Africa and Pakistan. Both teams have players who have proven themselves repeatedly and would be strong contenders for the JanaBankable Player of the Match award. This award is sponsored by Janalakshmi Financial Services to recognize the player who the team can bank upon to lead them to success.

Virat Kohli


The Indian captain has been well and truly unstoppable in all forms of cricket of late and has won the JanaBankable Player Award thrice since it was started in the India-New Zealand series last year. Kohli amassed a massive 692 runs in four matches in the series Down Under in 2014-15. He has scored four double centuries in last four Test series and has been India's go-to man every time.

Ravichandran Ashwin


The crafty off-spinner had made the JanaBankable Player Award his own, winning it the most number of times, including winning it the first time it was given out. He has been spinning a web around opposition batsmen and has been one of the key factors for India's dominance in Test matches.

Ravindra Jadeja


Ashwin's spin partner Ravindra Jadeja has not been far behind as far as winning the JanaBankable Player award is concerned. He had won the JanaBankable Player award in the fifth and final Test against England in Chennai for a 10-wicket haul and a vital half-century and then again in the next match, versus Bangladesh, with six wickets in the match and another crucial fifty.

Steve Smith


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The Australian skipper has been a pillar for his side over the years. He was the star of the show when India toured Australia in 2014-15, helping his team win the four-match series 2-0.

David Warner


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Warner has recently joined the illustrious company of Don Bradman and Victor Trumper by slamming a century before lunch in the third Test against Pakistan in Sydney. He has scored 888 runs, including four hundreds in 12 test matches against India.

The JanaBankable Player of the Match is the player who through his brilliant performance can change the fortune of his team and be the anchor of the team. The award winner is selected on the basis of people’s votes and recommendation made by a team of cricket experts.

The first test match between India and Australia in Pune is already underway. You can vote for the player you feel deserves to be the JanaBankable Player through the five days of the test. Not just that, you could also stand to win free stadium tickets to an upcoming match. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over and vote for your Jana Bankable Player.

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Updated Date: Feb 23, 2017 10:54:40 IST

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