Recent Match Report – India vs Australia 1st QF, ICC KnockOut at Nairobi 2020

The world champions are taking an early flight home from Nairobi.

Australia had beaten India in seven straight ODIs prior to this to be the outright favourites coming into the first quarter-final of the ICC Knockouts, but a young Indian team looking to emerge from the shadows of the match-fixing scandal made quite a statement.

That it was an 18-year old Yuvraj Singh, with his gum-chewing nonchalance and elegance, and birthday boy Zaheer Khan who left their imprint on the big stage made it all the more special for India.

Had new captain Sourav Ganguly stuck to his plan of dropping down to No. 4 and opening with rookie S Sriram to lengthen the middle order, Yuvraj may have not even had the opportunity to play. But he was talked out of the idea by the senior players and Anshuman Gaekwad, the head coach, and that set the stage for Yuvraj in what was his second ODI, but the first time he got…

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