Indian cricket fans of certain age would all claim that they watched the epic Test series of 2001; that they were all either at the Eden Gardens or at the Chepauk Stadium, or glued to the television. It was a comeback for the ages by India against the all-conquering Australians under the tough-as-nails Steve Waugh. Amongst those Aussies was a burly left-handed opening batsman with a weathered visage from Queensland that swept his way back in to the side.
There will be another burly left-handed Queenslander opening the batting for Australia in 2017 but with a cherubic face. Will his sweeping skills match those of Matthew Hayden? We’ll have to wait and see. Matt Renshaw, all of 20 years and 17 First-Class (FC) games, will accompany David Warner at the top of the order as the series kicks off in Pune.