India's Predicted XI for the first ODI against Australia
After registering their maiden Test series win in Australia, India look to get their World Cup preparations underway as they take on the host in a three-match ODI series. With less than six months remaining for the mega event in England this summer, both teams will look to sort out the team combinations and identify their best ODI XI.
India have a fairly settled ODI squad at the moment. Though they have an issue or two to address, there are not many places up for the taking. Though Rishabh Pant has been given a rest for the ODI series, BCCI's Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad has stated that the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman is 'definitely a part' of India's 2019 World Cup plans.
Top three is fairly certain and Hardik Pandya is expected to be back in the XI. Rayudu, Jadhav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are expected to play a key role in the ODI series, which starts on December 12 at Sydney.
Without much ado, we take a look at India's Predicted XI for the first ODI against Australia at Sydney.
Openers: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan
The Indian vice-captain will be back for the ODIs after missing the Sydney Test owing to the birth of his child. Rohit Sharma is arguably the best opening batsman in One Day Internationals at the moment and key to India's success. The 31-year-old has scored 1030 runs in ODIs during the past 12 months. Rohit Sharma is also the second highest run-getter in this format in 2018.
Shikhar Dhawan will partner Rohit Sharma at the top. Dhawan also had a great 2018 in ODIs. He has scored 897 from 19 games runs in 2018, courtesy of two fifties and three hundreds. In 15 One Day International in Australia, the 33-year-old has scored 644 runs at an average of 42.93, which included three fifties and two hundreds. Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have enjoyed huge success as openers in ODIs for the past few years.