Sydney: The infighting between India and Australia (IND VS AUS) will start from today. The first match of the three-match ODI series will be on the Sydney ground. The Indian team will be seen in the Navy Blue Jersey of the 1992 World Cup against the Kangaroos. The Indian cricket team will make a comeback to international cricket against a veteran like Australia, in the new jersey and Corona era.
Team India will miss their ‘hitman’ Rohit Sharma in the first ODI cricket match. The absence of injured Rohit Sharma will definitely affect the batting order. Virat Kohli’s team last played an international match against New Zealand in early March. The team, which has been away from international cricket for a long time due to the Corona epidemic, now faces a fierce race like Australia, which will not be easy to beat on its soil.
In Australia, the focus will be on how the team combination becomes perfect in Rohit’s absence. Mayank Agarwal will start the innings with Shikhar Dhawan or it will not be easy to cope with the balls of Shubman Gill, Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins.
The Indian batsmen are going to face the best fast attack while Australia also have a skilled spinner in the form of Adam Jampa who has troubled Kohli many times.
In the presence of returning Steve Smith, run machine David Warner and rising star Marnus Labuschen in the rhythm, the Indians will have to do their best to defeat Australia on their land.
The Indian XI may include both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami or the team management can field one in a match keeping the Test series in mind. In such a situation, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini can be given a chance.
For KL Rahul too, this tour will not be less than an ordeal. Vice-captain Rahul was in superb form in the IPL which he would like to retain but the real challenge is to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the wicket where he will have to catch the googly of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Rahul himself believes that it is not possible for anyone to replace Dhoni but that ‘prince of Ranchi’ has set such high standards of wicketkeeping that it is not easy for anyone to live up to him.
Hardik Pandya specializes in aggressive batting at number six or seventh, allowing Kohli to land with two spinners. At number four, Shreyas Iyer did well on the previous tour.
Chahal will be a cause of concern for the Australian middle order. At the same time, Bumrah will have additional responsibility in the absence of a specialist death-overs bowler like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
Three T20 matches are to be played after three ODIs. The Test series will begin on 17 December. This series will only return viewers to the stadiums as Cricket Australia has allowed viewers to enter up to 50 percent of the available seats. According to the board, tickets have been sold.
India’s probable playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
India’s entire team: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
Australia’s possible playing XI: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carrey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.
Australia’s entire team: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschen, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carrey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Jampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Ashton Egger, Cameron Green, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye , Daniel Symes, Matthew Wade.