The border-Gavaskar trophy is a very high-intensity encounter between the two best teams Australia and India. It is a series full of superstars and full of heating moments and sledging. There are many small-player battles in test cricket but in this article, we will see the top 5 players battle in BGT to watch out for.
#5 Pat Cummins and Rohit Sharma
Our first battle is the battle between captains, Pat Cummins of Australia and Rohit Sharma of India. Rohit being an opener will face No.1 ranked test bowler Pat Cummins with a new ball. In the first Nagpur test, it was Pat Cummins who dismissed Rohit Sharma with a terrific delivery when Rohit was batting on 120.
#4 Ravichandran Ashwin and David Warner
Ashwin has an incredible record against David Warner in tests. As we all know Ashwin bowls beautifully against left-handers which makes Warner an easy target for Ashwin. In the second innings of the first test, it was Ashwin who dismissed Warner and Khawaja both. Ashwin got Warner 11 times in test cricket.
#3 Nathan Lyon and Virat Kohli
Australian legendary spinners, Nathan Lyon and Virat Kohli will also give an interesting and exciting battle. We all know Virat struggles against Lyon and for Lyon he will see an opportunity whenever Virat will come to bat.
#2 Josh Hazlewood and Cheteshwar Pujara
We have seen a spark of rivalry between these two modern-day test greats in previous encounters between Australia and India in BGT. We have also seen them exchanging words on the field. Hazlewood was not available in the first test but he is now expected to return for the second.
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#1 Steve Smith and Ravindra Jadeja
Modern-day test legend, Steve Smith struggles against No.1 test all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja when he comes to India. Jadeja is famous for his precise bowling and Steve Smith is famous for his patience and that is what makes this battle interesting because it is a battle of patience. There are mind games when they both face each other on the field. Jadeja got in with a beautiful delivery which came back in and hit the stumps of Smith and now Smith will look forward to attacking back on him in the second test.