Kishan in place of Rohit, Tilak at Kohli at number 3, Iyer fit, Ashwin in place of Sundar: Probable XI of Australia vs India in the first ODI


Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, R Ashwin are going to get much-needed game time in Australia ODI before the start of the World Cup.

Shreyas Iyer’s fitness, toss up between Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar as Axar Patel’s backup, game time for Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Verma. India have a lot of things and a lot of combinations to try in just three ODIs against Australia before the World Cup begins. Some would say, it is two, not three because the regular players – captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, vice-captain Hardik Pandya and lead spinner Kuldeep Yadav – have returned for the third ODI. But head coach Rahul Dravid knows he has to strike the right balance between experimentation and workload management, plugging last-minute lapses and strengthening the base.

India by “mutual consent” decided to rest Rohit, Kohli, Hardik and Kuldeep for the first two matches of the home series against Australia. It means a lot. Shreyas Iyer is yet to prove his match fitness after his back injury returned after the Asia Cup group stage. Iyer looked in good mood on the eve of the first ODI against Australia in Mohali. Unlike the latter half of the Asia Cup, he progressed well and looked fully fit to take the field.

Kishan will open, Iyer at number 4, Tilak at number 3.

There’s no Kohli there and naturally, there’s a temptation to push Iyer to No. 3, but as per Dravid’s words, that’s unlikely as India will be in the World Cup first XI given the role they’ll play during the showpiece event . , Therefore, Iyer is sure to bat at number 4. This also means that for the first two matches, stand-in captain KL Rahul will bat at his usual No. 5 position instead of moving up a place. Then who will play at number 3?

India has no direct alternative but they have some people who can play this role. Among these, young Tilak Verma is seen at the forefront. He is not in the World Cup squad, but is being seen as a backup option if any batsman gets injured in the middle of the long tournament. Additionally, it was he who batted at No. 3 in the Asia Cup Super 4 match against Bangladesh when India decided to rest five of its favorite players.

What about the opening batsmen? Now that Rohit is not there, Ishan Kishan will once again get a chance in the top order. He will also be joined by Shubman Gill, who, in the words of captain Rohit, doesn’t want to take any breaks

Suryakumar Yadav’s place confirmed for World Cup

Dravid also confirmed that the team management will continue to support Suryakumar Yadav for the World Cup, even if his ODI figures are not that impressive – an average of 24.41 in 27 matches. To be honest, Surya does not have a fixed batting position in ODIs and has been floating between No. 4 and No. 7. From the West Indies series itself, the Indian think tank chose Surya’s place at number 6. He is set to bat at this position in the first two ODIs against Australia.

Without any doubt Ravindra Jadeja is at number seven. In the absence of Hardik Pandya, it is certain that Shardul Thakur will play. This means that it is unlikely that both Ashwin and Sundar will play in the same XI against Australia, unless the Mohali pitch has something to offer.

ahead of Ashwin Sundar

Ashwin has not played any ODI match since January last year. He has played only two matches in the last six years. But Ashwin’s versatility and experience is such that he always remains at the top of every coach and selector’s mind. As soon as Akshar got injured in the Asia Cup, the Indian team management started looking for alternatives. There was no one better than Ashwin but the off-spinner was not available for the Asia Cup final and hence Washington Sundar was included in the eleven.

The Indian team management is still hoping to recover in time for the opening match of the World Cup against Australia on October 8, but if the left-hander fails to do so, they have Ashwin and Sundar. Both of them have been included in the squad for the three-match series against Australia, but it is not clear who will get priority as the main spinner.

As far as the choice of seamers is concerned, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj are set to start, but Mohammed Shami will definitely play a role in the series as Bumrah and Siraj are unlikely to play all three matches.

India’s predicted XI for the first ODI against Australia: Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Tilak Verma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (captain/wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.