Mumbai: Neither Rohit Sharma, nor Jaspreet Bumrah, nor Shreyas Iyer nor Rishabh Pant. Indian Cricket Team The 4 stars, without whom Team India will take the field for the ODI match on Friday, March 17 after a fierce red ball clash. Out of this, only captain Rohit Sharma is such a name, who will make a comeback in the second ODI. Nevertheless, in the first step towards restarting the preparations for the ODI World Cup to be held at the end of this year, the Indian team will land without these four and in front is five-time world champion Australia.
The first match of the three-match series between India and Australia will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Exactly like it happened three years ago. The last ODI International was played at Wankhede Stadium on 14 January 2020 and that match was also the first match of the series between India and Australia. Australia badly washed India by 10 wickets in that match. David Warner and Aaron Finch had scored centuries. Now Team India has a chance to equalize the account of that defeat.
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Hardik’s first test too
However, the opportunity is more important than that to test the preparations of the team. Especially there is an opportunity to test the leadership of vice-captain Hardik Pandya. Hardik, who made a strong start while taking command of Team India in T20 cricket, will take charge of India in ODIs for the first time. It may be just one match but it is a good challenge for him because he is being considered as the future captain and leading the team in the absence of 4 big players is a good test.
Most dependent on Gill and Kohli
The Indian team made a great start this year by winning all 6 matches in two different ODI series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. In these 6 ODIs, Shubman Gill has scored the maximum 567 runs with three centuries and an average of 113.40. In the absence of Rohit in the first match, he will be under pressure to give a good start to the team. Ishan Kishan is set to open with him.
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Not only Gill, but former captain Virat Kohli, who played an innings of 186 runs in Ahmedabad, has already left behind the poor form of limited overs. He has scored 338 runs this year at an impressive average of 67.60, including 2 centuries. Now against his favorite rival Australia, he would like to increase the figure of 75 international centuries.
It will be interesting to see how Kohli faces Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa during this period. Zampa’s record against the Indian run machine has been excellent.
On the other hand, due to Shreyas Iyer’s injury, Suryakumar Yadav will get a chance again in ODI cricket and this time it will be very important for him to capitalize on the opportunity. Also, KL Rahul, who dropped in the middle of the Test series, would also like to return to form.
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What will the color of ‘Kul-cha’ look like?
The bowling of the Indian team, especially the combination of spin attack, will be watched. Will Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal be seen playing together? By the way, both of them bowled together during the optional practice session on Wednesday. Both these leg-spinners can become important weapons in the Indian attack in their ability to take wickets and in limited overs cricket.
Anyway, Kuldeep has been India’s best spinner this year with 11 wickets in five matches, while among fast bowlers, Mohammad Siraj has taken 14 wickets in the same number of matches.
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Will Smith lead Australia to victory again?
Five-time World Cup winner Australia also wants to finalize its preparations for the World Cup to be held in October-November this year. Steve Smith will lead Australia in the absence of Pat Cummins. The team did well under his captaincy in the last two Test matches. Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are not available for this ODI series but experienced batsman David Warner and all-rounder Ashton Agar have joined the national team. Both these players returned home during the Test series.