India Vs Australia 2019/20: First ODI – India’s Predicted XI
On Tuesday (14th January), the hosts India and the visitors Australia will face each other in the series-opener of the three-match ODI series at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai).
At the beginning of this year, India thrashed Sri Lanka in the three-match home T20I series as they won it by the 2-0 margin. However, the Australian ODI side is a very different and tough opponent. While Australia last time toured in India in February-March 2019, they won the five-match ODI series by the 3-2 margin. Now, the hosts India wants to alter that result.
Here is the predicted XI for India for the upcoming Mumbai ODI.
The Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is currently in superb form with the bat. While the team management is confused to select the opening partner, due to very healthy fights, Rohit Sharma is still the definite choice for the opening batting spot. While he took a short rest from the recently concluded home T20I series against Sri Lanka, he won the Player of the Series award in the last home ODI series against West Indies.
While KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are in the strong fight for the other opening batting spot, Dhawan can win the first battle due to the experience and maintaining the left-right hand combinations, which are very crucial to handle the top quality Australian bowling line-up. The left-handed batsman is trying hard to find his old aggressive form, and we watch some glimpse in the Pune T20I against Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli (c)
Indian captain Virat Kohli is the no.1-ranked ODI batsman as he is in impressive form. Now it is very rare to see Kohli’s bat is silent in back-to-back matches. The right-handed batsman is very desperate to perform better every day. He is now ready to change his batting order according to the situation.
The youngster Shreyas Iyer has impressed with his consistent performances in the limited-overs cricket. He hit four half-centuries in the last five ODIs. The right-handed batsman is eagerly looking for his maiden international century, and he can achieve it soon if he gets enough time to bat. The team management now wants to see his true potential against top-side Australia.
The 30-year-old Manish Pandey has a great domestic season in the present moment. Most recently, he played in the Pune T20I against Sri Lanka where he handled the late moment of the Indian innings very well when the team was losing wickets quickly. Looking at his present form, Pandey will be the right option for the middle-order batting.
Rishabh Pant (wk)
The young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has most recently performed very positively. However, the youngster still needs to prove his consistency to fix his spot in the national team.
Though he was in the squad, Ravindra Jadeja was not selected in the playing XIs during the entire home T20I series against Sri Lanka. The all-rounder is a very crucial member of the Indian team, and his presence is very important during the crucial matches.
The right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami was in brilliant form in the last year. He was the most ODI wicket-taker in the last year. While he is becoming a more experienced bowler with the time progress, he is evolving as a game-changer.
The no.1-ranked ODI bowler has finally returned to the ODI format. Since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t played an ODI yet while India have played two ODI series. After four months of rest, Bumrah just returned to international cricket, and he is now focusing on back in his rhythm as soon as possible. In the recent T20I series against Sri Lanka, where he made a comeback after four months, Bumrah bowled very well.
The 27-year-old fast bowler Navdeep Saini has impressed with his pace bowling skills. After impressing in T20I cricket, Saini made his ODI debut during India’s last ODI against West Indies at Cuttack. In that game, he had the bowling figures of 10-0-58-2. He started in a very positive way in that game, but in the end, he conceded some runs.
In the late period of last year, the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal bowled well. However, he needs to perform consistently as he has recently struggled to pick up wickets. While once Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav played together in the national team, now they have become the open competitor.
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