KL Rahul unfurls a reverse-sweep © Getty Photographs
5. That is the variety of ODIs India play between now and the beginning of the World Cup. Although most Indian gamers shall be in motion in the course of the IPL, the selectors must have firmed up their picks earlier than that. So, when India face Australia within the first ODI of the five-match sequence on Saturday in Hyderabad, it will likely be one other probability for the likes of KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar to push their instances ahead.
The identical holds true for Siddarth Kaul within the bowling division. Kaul changed Khaleel Ahmed, who had been a part of India’s limited-overs set-up since making his debut on the Asia Cup final yr. However now it appears to be like just like the selectors are exploring different choices as properly.
Australia are barely higher positioned on that entrance, as they play one other five-match ODI sequence – in opposition to Pakistan within the UAE – earlier than the World Cup. However with Steven Smith and David Warner prone to come again into the reckoning and, if match, be mentioned, there are query marks on their plans too.
One gamble Australia is perhaps tempted to take in the course of the India sequence is handing over the wicketkeeping duties to Peter Handscomb. Handscomb stored wickets in the course of the T20I sequence in opposition to India and has additionally stored in ODIs beforehand, however will Australia be comfy going into the World Cup with Handscomb as their first-choice gloveman?
Glenn Maxwell’s type with the bat within the India T20Is will need to have given them some assurance, however his want to bat increased up within the batting order was dashed by coach Justin Langer , who stated that solely “what’s finest for the crew” could be accomplished.
The guests shall be excessive on confidence after sweeping the two-T20I sequence, however India may not make a lot of that, particularly in a World Cup yr with the larger image to concentrate on.
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Two fluent knocks – 50 in 36 balls and 47 in 26 balls – within the T20I sequence has as soon as once more made KL Rahul a severe contender for the World Cup facet. He might be India’s reserve opener or a back-up No. four in England and Wales, however whether or not he shall be on that flight or not is perhaps determined how he performs on this sequence.
In his final ten ODIs, Aaron Finch has managed simply 225 runs at a median of 22.50 and a strike price of 76.27. On eight of these events, he didn’t cross 25. In Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had his quantity with the one nipping again into the right-hander. On Indian pitches – and with Bhuvneshwar not within the squad for the primary two ODIs – Finch could discover it slightly simpler to get in and go massive.
India are prone to subject the 2 wristspinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal – with Vijay Shankar filling the allrounder’s spot in Hardik Pandya’s continued absence. If the crew administration decides to offer Rahul as many probabilities as attainable earlier than the World Cup, Ambati Rayudu may miss out.
India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, three Virat Kohli (capt), four KL Rahul/Ambati Rayudu, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Vijay Shankar, eight Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Carey, who did not discover a place in enjoying XI in the course of the T20Is, is anticipated to return to his place behind the stumps except, as mentioned earlier, Handscomb is the chosen one for the crew. Nathan Lyon, nonetheless, could have to take a seat out with Maxwell becoming a member of Adam Zampa because the second spinner.
Australia (possible): 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Alex Carey (wk), three Usman Khawaja, four Shaun Marsh, 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Glenn Maxwell, eight Adam Zampa, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Jason Behrendorff, 11 Jhye Richardson
Pitch and circumstances
The Uppal pitch usually favours batsmen and that displays within the common first-innings rating of 286 on the venue. The forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy with the temperature hovering across the 30-degree Celsius mark.
Stats and trivia
Australia have performed two ODIs at Rajiv Gandhi Worldwide Stadium – in 2007 and 2009 – and gained each.
Rohit Sharma wants 192 runs extra to succeed in the 8000-run landmark in ODI cricket. He at present has 7808 runs in 195 innings at a median of 47.60.
Ravindra Jadeja is ten runs away from attaining the double of 2000 runs and 100 wickets in ODI cricket. If he will get there, he would be the sixth Indian to take action after Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh.
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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