Shikhar Dhawan missed the ODI series due to personal reasons (Image courtesy: AFP)
Shikhar Dhawan missed the ODI series due to personal reasons (Image courtesy: AFP)

Australia were a force in the past, and still are the game s most successful side. They are a fine side, and it was just over 2 years back that they won the World Cup. However, Virat Kohli s India may as well pose some serious threat to their supremacy. India had beaten Australia 2-1 to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March. Last month, India had won the ODI series 4-1, and now have got off to a winning start in the T20Is.

The Ranchi win marked India s seventh consecutive T20I win against Australia. Making his comeback to the national side, opener Shikhar Dhawan played his part with 15 not out in the rain-marred, 6-over chase.

Our team is very strong. We have been doing well for a long time. We have some good youngsters as well as experienced players. The youngsters are maturing well, a report from PTI quotes Dhawan from the post-match conference.

The 31-year-old credited IPL for India s recent success, and hopes India will be a force like what Australia were in the late 1990s and 2000s. They set one record after another in Test cricket and won 3 consecutive World Cups between 1999 and 2007.

You really get a good boost when you perform well with International players in the IPL. In today s era most of the teams are on level par. It would be a great thing if we can achieve what Australians did earlier, he added.

Australia had got off to a healthy start at Ranchi as they crossed the 50-mark in 6.1 overs. Thereon, the Indian wrist spinners yet again triggered a slide. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav bowled 8 overs between them, going for 39 runs and claiming 3 wickets. Australia were 118 for 8 after 18.4 overs when rain stopped play. India chased down the DLS target of 48 in 6 overs with ease.

Kuldeep, for his figures of 4-0-16-2, won the Man of the Match for the first time in his international career.

The target was not that big. Yes the wicket had low bounce but we are used to the conditions here. We could have chased easily, Dhawan said before adding his glee for his return to the side, It feels great to play in the XI after my return and start on a winning note. I have also got some runs under my belt which is a good sign.

The long rain halt meant that the crowd were denied the opportunity to see local boy MS Dhoni bat.

Who all will you play in six overs! Fans must have returned disappointed. But they would surely be happy of India’s win. At the end of the day, we won the match that’s what matters to us,” Dhawan said.

Dhawan also spoke about India s strong bench strength. Everyone doing well is a good sign. Our bench strength is strong with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane who did so well in the ODIs, then there’s KL Rahul and Murali Vijay in Tests so it’s a good sign for India, he concluded.

The teams will play the second T20I of the three-match series in Guwahati on October 10.