Australia vs India 2018-19, ODI Series: One match-winner in every department
The three-match ODI series between India and Australia is set to begin on 12th January at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. Neither of the teams needs to travel as the last Test match was played in Sydney and the absence of travel fatigue can do a world of wonder for both the teams.
Australia's selection has come under scrutiny following the omission of players like D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, and Nathan Coulter Nile, and it will be interesting to see how Finch's men bounce back.
Here are the squads of both the teams.
Australia's ODI Squad: Aaron Finch(C), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
India's ODI Squad: Virat Kohli(C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Shami
In this article, we identify one potential match-winner in every department.
Openers - Australia: Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch is probably the biggest match-winner in the Aussie squad. He is certainly expected to perform well in the ODI series despite pressure on him due to captaincy. His numbers in Australia last year were extremely impressive and with Bumrah rested for the ODI series, Aaron Finch can take the game away from India if he isn't dismissed within the first 10 overs. A devastating batsman and great striker of the ball, India need to be wary of the Aussie skipper.
Openers - India: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma who returned home before the 4th Test due to the birth of his child has arrived in Australia for the ODI series. Rohit will look to dominate the largely new Aussie pacers and to his tally of big scores. He averages above 50 in ODIs in Australia and has scored more than 1100 runs in 27 innings. Rohit's batting partner Shikhar Dhawan could be a match winner too but Rohit has been chosen with recent ODI form in mind.