India vs Australia: India's predicted XI for the first ODI
- India might experiment by playing KL Rahul at number three, expect the fornt-line fast bowlers to return.
India lost their first home T20I series against Australia. The first game was a low scoring affair. Umesh Yadav failed to defend 14 runs in last over, which cost India the match. The second T20I between these two was held at Bangalore yesterday. Australia asked the home side to bat first after winning the toss. India batted really well and KL Rahul played well for the second time in this series. Virat Kohli played a captain's innings and became the first cricketer to score over 2500 T20 runs on a single ground.
We had seen a glimpse of vintage MS Dhoni, as the veteran smashed three sixes. He becomes the first Indian to smash 300 sixes in international cricket. The Australian start was poor in the big run chase of 191. Glenn Maxwell continued his love affair with T20 cricket. He became the first Australian to smash three centuries in the T20 International. The brilliant knock from Maxi ensured Australia registered their first ever T20I series win in India.
The five-match ODI series between these two will begin on Saturday. We could see more experiments from the Indian team as they prepare for the World Cup.
Let's see the predicted XI for the first ODI.
#1 Top Order
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan each were at rest in one of the matches of the T20I series. But they are likely to join together to open the innings against Australia in the first ODI. With only five games to go before the World Cup, it is unlikely that India will make an experiment in the top two. The two dashing openers are likely to open the innings for all the five matches.
Rohit has a fabulous record against Australia at home. Hence, he would use this series to fuel himself ahead of the World Cup. Dhawan hasn't been consistent in the recent matches, so the upcoming series will be crucial for him. India might try KL Rahul at number three.
As we all know India usually relies on the top three. Thus, to cover this weakness, Indian coach Ravi Shastri hinted that Kohli might bat at number four. India can't experiment this during the mega-tournament. Rahul did really well in last two T20I matches to grab the spot the in ODIs too.