3 IPL friendships that could light up the India-Australia T20I series

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Peter Kavinsky

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The Indian Premier League (IPL), the most prestigious T20 competition in the world, has united players from all countries and cultures. Most Australian teams for the T20I series against Team India competed in the lucrative franchise league.

Needless to say, the international rivals became friends after playing in the IPL. These friendships have made field battles much more interesting to watch, while adding a new dimension to the game in terms of tactics and planning.

Here are three IPL friendships that could shed light on the India-Australia T20I series, which kicks off today in Mohali.

Honorable Mention: Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch


#3 Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell

Australia T20 World Cup kit reveal

Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell have forged a friendship forged over many years in the IPL. Although they now play for different franchises, with Chahall having moved to the Rajasthan Royals, the duo can often be seen teasing each other.

Maxwell had this to say about Chahal last year:

“We were first in the same team in 2013 for Mumbai Indians. So we’ve been friends for a long time now. We’ve been close ever since. Every time we meet it’s the same feeling. A big hug before the game. I play with him while I’m on the ground, putting him in a headlock while I punch and he bowls.

Chahal vs Maxwell will be a massive battle to watch in the middle. The leg spinner fired the maverick Aussie batter five times in 13 T20 innings, but Maxwell batted in at 178.37 against him.


#2 Pat Cummins and Dinesh Karthik

Australia T20 cricket team training session

Dinesh Karthik may not be part of the Kolkata Knight Riders anymore, but the veteran keeper had a decent run with the franchise in which he even managed them for a few seasons. One of KKR’s most expensive signings, Pat Cummins, featured under him for a considerable amount of time.

The duo have been seen making fun of each other on social media, and their battle on the pitch will be even more exciting to watch in the India-Australia series. With Mitchell Starc missing, Cummins may have an increased role to play in the death, where he could encounter a marauding Karthik. Who will come out on top?


#1 Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood

Northamptonshire v India – T20 Circuit Match

RCB teammates Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood are currently two of the best T20 bowlers in the world. While Harshal has just returned from an injury and is yet to set the T20I stage on fire with his performances, Hazlewood has emerged as an incredibly talented all-format pacer.

It may not be a direct rivalry like the other two on the list, but Harshal and Hazlewood will have some points to prove. While the former will want to establish his place in the Indian side ahead of names like Arshdeep Singh, the Aussie speedster will have his work cut out in conditions that may not help him much with the new ball.


Q. Who will win the India-Australia T20I series?

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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