The first ODI of the three-match series between India vs Australia will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI.
Team India has concluded their four-match Test series against Australia, currently holding a 2-1 lead. On Friday, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host the first ODI of their three-match series. Rohit Sharma will not be leading his side for this match due to familial commitments, as Hardik Pandya takes up captaincy duties in his place. India’s previous short format outing was a 3-0 clean sweep of New Zealand. With only 24 hours remaining until the first match begins, it will be intriguing to learn who makes the final playing XI.
India’s Predicted XI vs Australia, 1st ODI: With Ishan Kishan And Shubman Gill Confirmed, Will KL Rahul Get A Chance?India vs Australia: The first ODI of the three-match series will be played on Friday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The following is our opinion of India’s playing XI for the game .
A young batsman like Shubman Gill can be a strong opener for the hosts in the absence of Rohit Sharma. With a double hundred in the opening match and a 112-run knock in the third ODI, the 23-year-old scored phenomenally in the ODIs against New Zealand. In the recently concluded Test series against Australia, he scored his second century in the longest format.
Ishan Kishan will open the innings with Shubman Gill in the first ODI as Rohit Sharma is unavailable. Kishan too has a double century in the ODI format, achieving the feat last year.
Despite his poor form in the recently concluded Test series against Australia, KL Rahul might get a chance in the first ODI due to Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant’s absence.
During the three-match ODI series in January of this year, India’s star batsman smashed two centuries. The 34-year-old batter recently ended his three-year century drought in Test cricket during the fourth game against Australia. But he didn’t make a big score in the ODIs against New Zealand. The series will serve as a preparation for the upcoming ODI World Cup, so Kohli will be eager to put on a remarkable performance in the first match.
The powerful T20 batsman had a very mediocre outing during the ODIs against New Zealand, but Suryakumar is definitely capable of scoring big.
While regular skipper Rohit is absent, Hardik Pandya will lead Team India. In August last year, Hardik led India to win one ODI against the West Indies. Furthermore, he has led Team India to multiple victories in the shorter format.
He won the joint Player of the Tournament award with Ravichandran Ashwin for his all-round contribution to Team India’s triumph in the Tests against Australia. With his all-round performances, he will definitely be a part of Team India’s playing XI as he will strengthen the spin attack.
He took six wickets in the ODI match against New Zealand, including three wickets. Axar Patel is his strongest competitor, however. The 31-year-old all-rounder is also a key performer with the bat and can provide a strong base to India’s batting line-up.
Washington Sundar is a great all-rounder who is capable of providing strength to both bowling and batting attacks. He is known for his powerful hitting in the death overs.
In the absence of Bumrah, Shami has taken over the responsibilities admirably. He played two matches and picked up four wickets, including a three-wicket haul.
Known for his blistering pace, Mohammed Siraj will be an important part of India’s pace attack against Australia in the one-day internationals. He took four wickets against New Zealand in the first ODI and has troubled them in the entire series.