The Indian team is looking forward to the upcoming One-day series against Australia as the pre-World Cup preparations. Although the Indian team is almost certain for the World Cup, there is a bitter contest for two seats. That two has increased the importance of the series against Australia.
The Indian team will play two Twenty20 and five one-day matches against Australia on home soil. Therefore, before the World Cup, the Indian team has only seven matches and the rest of the players have to choose from these seven matches.
Considering the consistency of the series, some senior players can be rested against Australia. Therefore, some new faces can be given opportunities in this series. Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami can get rest, while Captain Virat Kohli can make a comeback in the team.
Rishabh Pant and Lokesh Rahul can also be seen in the series, while Umesh Yadav, who is the best performer in the Ranji Trophy tournament, can also make a comeback in the One Day team.
India’s Probable ODI Squad as follows,
Since Rohit will get a break, Shikhar Dhawan will be the lone opening batsman. The left-handed batsman has scored 243 runs at an average of 34.71 in the last 8 matches and includes two half-centuries. Lokesh Rahul can join him. Lokesh has not been performing well for the last 14 months. He has scored only 69 runs in 3 ODIs in the previous year. In 2019, when he represented India A team, he scored 55 runs. He scored 89 runs in a Test against England Lions. Virat Kohli will be playing in third place.
If Ambati Rayudu has claimed the fourth position in the Indian team, then he should get another chance. MS Dhoni has done well on the fifth place in the Australia and New Zealand series. He has scored 242 runs at an average of 121 in 2019. Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik will compete for the sixth position, while Hardik Pandya is the first choice for the seventh position.
Apart from this discussion, Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar may be considered for the middle order. Vijay Shankar can get a place in the squad in the place of Jadhav or Karthik and he can play in the Twenty20 series.
Jaspreet Bumrah can make a comeback from this series. He was rested after the Test series against Australia. At the same time, Mohammed Shami can get rest. Before the World Cup tournament, Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs to play some more matches. Umesh Yadav and Khalil Ahmed are the third fast bowlers. Yuzwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav’s place in the spin department are confirmed. Ravindra Jadeja may be getting a chance as pre-World Cup preparations.
India’s Probable ODI Squad against Australia 2019
Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzwendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jaspreet Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and K Khalil Ahmed.