Shikhar Dhawan – Rohit Sharma?
KL Rahul – Rohit Sharma?
Or, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul?
That’s the large dilemma for India as they put together for the primary of three ODIs in opposition to Australia in Mumbai on Tuesday (January 14). It is going to present a sneak-peek into India’s technique for the essential opening spot.
There is not a context of a World Cup within the neighborhood, which provides India a while to ponder over their combos. The Australia collection would be the first one the place virtually all their man gamers can be found, which makes the three video games much more fascinating for all. Australia are a troublesome opponent too – they beat India 2-1 in ODIs right here final yr. They’ve arrived with a good stronger staff, with Steve Smith and David Warner, who have been absent final tour, returning. And given the three matches are performed in batting pleasant situations at Mumbai, Rajkot and Bangalore, this might be a excessive scoring entertaining collection.
That is the strict take a look at that India, and Australia, need as they construct in direction of the subsequent ODI cycle.
Other than the opening mixture, India have a sorted line up, and it is solely a matter of selecting gamers in accordance with situations. Rishabh Pant had a reasonably respectable collection in opposition to West Indies, which ought to have decreased some noise round his place within the facet. Now, it is a possibility for him to boost his repute in opposition to a stronger opposition. It is a comparable alternative for Shreyas Iyer too; he has fastened himself because the No. Four within the ODI facet put up World Cup 2019, and might be wanting to make this opportunity depend.
However will he get to bat at No. 4, if India play Rohit, Rahul and Dhawan? Kohli stated it was ‘completely attainable’ that he might transfer down the order to accommodate all three openers, which might imply Iyer may float down the order.
India’s bowling would welcome again Jasprit Bumrah. The bowlers struggled in opposition to the power-packed West Indies facet, who saved attacking. Australia may take a distinct method, however the outcome may be as efficient. India will look as much as Bumrah to vary that, particularly given they do not have the injured Deepak Chahar for this collection.
Australia will include confidence given they beat India final yr, that too after shedding their first two matches of the tour. India beat Australia within the World Cup match, which ought to make them really feel higher too.
Australia have dropped Usman Khawaja, their main run-scorer from the collection in India final yr. As an alternative, they have Marnus Labuschagne, who has been in stellar type in Take a look at cricket. Captain Aaron Finch, Warner, Smith and Labuschagne will type the core of the batting, which additionally has an upcoming finisher in Alex Carey.
The bowling is powerful too, with Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc within the line up that additionally has spinner Adam Zampa. Cummins was the main wicket taker final tour, and would be the largest menace as soon as once more.
Not too way back, India performed a T20I worldwide in Mumbai, the place they thrashed West Indies after posting 240 batting first. Given the energy of each side and the character of the wicket, one other cracking sport might be in retailer.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Rishabh Pant (WK), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav.
Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Brief, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa.