Aaron Finch Names His Combined India-Australia ODI XI; Two Legendary Wicketkeepers Make The Cut

Aaron Finch Names His Combined India-Australia ODI XI; Two Legendary Wicket-Keepers Make The Cut

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Aaron Finch. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Australia’s limited-overs skipper, Aaron Finch, has picked his combined India-Australia ODI XI. While certain key players that have been a part of both the sides and won them a lot of games, feature in the list, there have been certain shocking omissions from the side as well.

The most prominent omission has been that of Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma has been in scintillating form for the India cricket team ever since his uprise in world cricket in 2013. Since then, he has not looked back, and 2019 proved to be the most illustrious year for him as he went on to score five centuries in the 2019 world cup and finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer.

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However, Aaron Finch decided not to go along with Rohit Sharma and made certain shocking inclusions and omissions from his combined ODI XI.

Aaron Finch Names His Combined India-Australia ODI XI

“Sehwag is my number one pick. He was so dominant. As soon he was on, the game was over. I want to go with Rohit Sharma, his record is amazing, but I want to watch Adam Gilchrist open with Virender Sehwag, hence I would pick Gilchrist,” Aaron Finch said.

“I will go with Ricky Ponting at no. 3 and then Virat Kohli at 4. It’s such a tough position to bat at no. five. I would probably pick Hardik Pandya at no. 5 and Andrew Symonds at no. 6 position,” the Aussie captain said.

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The right-handed batsman then went on to pick former India captain, MS Dhoni, at the No. seven position. On being asked who would be the wicketkeeper in his team - Gilchrist or Dhoni – Finch said it does not matter.

“Dhoni is a cool head under pressure, he takes the team over the line, be it in IPL or international cricket. If the team is 3 for 10, he comes out and get the runs. If the team is chasing, he finds a way the team to get there,” Finch said.

Aaron Finch Goes For A Deadly Pace Trio

While deciding his bowling unit, Finch struggled to decide on a spinner. “I would pick Glenn Mcgrath, Brett Lee, and Jasprit Bumrah as my pace trio,” he said.

While thinking of a spinner, he said,  “Brad Hogg has such a great record, should I go with Harbhajan Singh or maybe Ravindra Jadeja to bat at eight to get extra batting option… I am unable to decide, who would I pick, I am saying players who I loved to watch, but I am unable to decide. It’s too hard to decide,” he said.

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Aaron Finch. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Aaron Finch All-Time India-Australia XI: Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Andrew Symonds, MS Dhoni, Brett Lee, (Undecided spin bowling option), Glenn McGrath and Jasprit Bumrah.

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