The first match of the three-match ODI series between India and Australia is to be played today i.e. on Friday, March 17 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Regular captain Rohit Sharma is not participating in this match due to personal reasons, in which case all-rounder Hardik Pandya will take charge of the team. Apart from Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer has also been ruled out of the series due to injury during the Test series. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see with which playing XI Pandya will enter in the first ODI. Let’s take a look at India’s probable playing XI-
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In the press conference before the Mumbai ODI against Australia, Hardik has made it clear that in the absence of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan will open the innings along with Shubman Gill. Ishaan was also selected for the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023, but he did not get a place in the playing XI in all four matches. In such a situation, if he plays today, he will definitely do wicket-keeping as well. Due to Ishaan’s wicket-keeping, KL Rahul will have to take the field as a batsman.
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After the opening, Virat Kohli’s place at number three is confirmed, while Suryakumar Yadav will replace Shreyas Iyer at number four. Surya plays at this position in T20 cricket, but he is yet to make a mark in ODI cricket. This is a great opportunity for Shreyas Iyer to perform in his absence. Apart from this, at number 5, we will see KL Rahul playing.
India have a lot of options in this series as an all-rounder, but in the first match, we can see Ravindra Jadeja along with Hardik. Hardik will bat at number 6 while Jadeja will bat at number 7.
Talking about the bowlers, India can go in Wankhede with two spinners and three specialist fast bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja’s partner in spinners can be Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal, while in the fast bowling option, Mohammad Siraj, Mohammad Shami and Umran Malik can get a place.
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India’s possible playing XI against Australia Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik
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