It was touted as the fight for the No1 ranking in One Day Internationals (ODIs) but with Australian captain Michael Clarke out due to injury the series has now become a David vs Goliath encounter.
As Australia's most experienced and best player, Clarke missing the 7 ODI series sees George Bailey, a man who has just played 24 matches in the yellow overalls of Australia step in as captain.
India on the other hand will have their captain MS Dhoni who has helped them win the Champions Trophy besides the ODI World Cup among other series. Dhoni is one of the best captains in the world and will surely look to use his experience to stump Bailey and his team.
Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is also set to make a comeback after showing some awesome form in matches at the lower levels of India A. The 31-year-old star player will be looking to repay the faith the selectors showed in him with a stellar performance with bat, ball as well as in the field.
Australia on the other hand will see Shane Watson as their most experienced player plus will look to Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell for their Champions League T20 experience to add to the team's cause as they aim to put up a fight.
Termed the underdogs in this battle for the No1 ranking, the weak Australian team have nothing to lose as they play a much stronger India on the home pitches that have turn and advantage for the Indian players.
Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and R Ashwin are in good form and India looks set to retain the No1 ranking with Dhoni and Yuvraj adding to the power line-up. The Indian bowling looks weak but the Australian batting line up is also not at their best and has proved to be their weak point for sometime now.
The Australian bowlers with their pace and accuracy will look to test the Indian batsmen as they look to help captain Bailey lead the team to a win in the series, a feat that will be a tough task for the team.
The T20 on Thursday will surely be a test that will give a better insight about both teams as they will then face off in the 7 ODIs.