Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli should open India’s innings against Australia in the third ODI.

Australia In the third and last ODI match of the series against India, Team India took the field without some of its key players. On Tuesday, captain Rohit Sharma confirmed in the pre-match conference that five players – Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel – were unavailable for the match in Rajkot and on match day, one more player was unavailable. Absent from XI. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan also had to miss the match due to illness.

While Rohit Sharma confirmed Ishan’s absence during the toss, BCCI posted a statement right after the toss in Rajkot. “Ishan Kishan was not available for selection for the third ODI due to illness,” the statement said.
“Additionally, four local state players – Dharmendra Jadeja, Prerak Mankad, Vishwaraj Jadeja and Harvik Desai will support the team with drinks and fielding throughout the match.”
In Ishan’s absence, India will be without both its openers and Rohit Sharma is likely to open the batting along with star batsman Virat Kohli. Although KL Rahul has opened for India in ODIs in the past, the Indian team management is unlikely to tinker with his batting position ahead of the all-important World Cup; Since his return from injury, Rahul has put in strong performances at No. 4 in the batting order, including a century against Pakistan in the Asia Cup Super 4 stage and two consecutive fifties in the ongoing Australia series.

Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, has never been the designated opener for the team and moreover, he scored a century at No. 3 in the last game. Iyer has played only three matches since returning to cricket after a back injury and it would be pointless to change his batting position at this juncture. Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja – both lower-order batsmen – make up the rest of the batting order – meaning Rohit and Kohli will be in charge of India’s run-chase as the team’s opening pair after Australia captain Pat Cummins opted to bat. Can lead.
The team struggled with injuries for most of the year and last month Shreyas and Rahul returned to the squad for the Asia Cup. While the former suffered another injury setback with back spasms, Shreyas made a remarkable comeback with a quickfire century in the second ODI, and was instrumental in helping India post a mammoth score of 396/4 in fifty overs.

Meanwhile, Kohli is India’s designated No. 3 and is returning after resting the first two matches. While the India star has played sporadically as an opening batsman in his career, Kohli is set to take up the No. 3 role in the ODI World Cup starting October 5.

Dress-rehearsal for WC opener
Team India will face Australia in their opening match of the 2023 World Cup on October 8 and will take confidence from the series win against Pat Cummins’ team. The match in Rajkot will also be India’s final ODI before turning focus to the marquee tournament, with the team scheduled to participate in two warm-up games (against England and Netherlands) before the opener.