The opening combination India go in with in the first ODI against Australia will be watched with keen interest. India have to choose at least two of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, making their decision very tricky.
Captain Virat Kohli said there’s a chance all three could play, which means he’d be pushed down the order to No. 4. If that happens, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will move down one spot each as well. That would also mean India will have to leave out Kedar Jadhav, which could affect their bowling combination. None of the other batsmen in the top order are bowlers, which will leave them with only five bowling options.
Jasprit Bumrah returns to the line up, and will be an automatic pick. Mohammed Shami too will be a starter, and India will have to choose a third seamer from Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini. Thakur has been impressive with the bat as well, which could work in his favour.
Australia will have Steve Smith and David Warner, who missed the last tour to India due to their ball-tampering bans. They’re also likely to hand a debut to Marnus Labuschagne, who has been picked above Usman Khawaja.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will form the pace unit, which will also have one of Josh Hazlewood and Kane Richardson. Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar are the spinners.
The first ODI starts on Tuesday at 1.30 pm in Mumbai.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa