India’s predicted Playing XI for the ODI series against Australia
After a well-deserved rest from the three-match T20I series against the Sri Lankans, the 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma will once again take center stage against Australia.
Updated - Jan 11, 2020 2:46 pm
The caravan of Team India’s home-season continues. After seeing off the Sri Lankans in the three-match T20I series, the next challenge for Virat Kohli’s men is the three-match ODI series against Aaron Finch-led Australians.
With the next fifty-over World Cup still three years, there is not much context added to the series, but given the fact, the Aussies defeated India, the last time they played an ODI series here, a sense of redemption will be brewing in the Indian set-up.
So, what should the make-up of the Indian playing XI for the Australian series? Will KL Rahul pip Shikhar Dhawan for the openers spot, given his recent performances against the West Indies? Will Kedar Jadhav continue to get opportunities? Or will India finally re-unite their wrist-spinners? All these questions are deemed to be answered when the Men in Blue lock horns with Australia in the much-awaited bilateral series.
Here’s India’s predicted XI for the series against Australia-
1. Rohit Sharma
After a well-deserved rest from the three-match T20I series against the Sri Lankans, the ‘Hitman’ will once again take center stage at his home ground against an opposition that he so relishes- the Australians.
2019 was the year of Rohit Sharma whether it was One-day cricket, T20 Internationals or even the longest format of the game, Test cricket. The modern-day white-ball great, Sharma broke a gazillion of records throughout 2019 and it all started with that brilliant hundred that he got against the Aussies in the first ODI of the past calendar year.
Sharma racked up 444 runs in 9 innings against Australia in 2019 at an average of 49.33 with the help of three hundred and one half-centuries, the second-most runs by an Indian against the Men from Down Under. And, the Indian vice-captain will hope he starts 2020 just like he started 2019.