As the curtain raiser for the 2023 ICC World Cup, India faces off against the formidable Australians in a pivotal three-match ODI series. While it serves as a primer for the much-anticipated global tournament set in India, Rohit Sharma’s brigade is viewing it as more than just a warm-up. The hosts, India, have announced two different squads to face the five-time world champions.
Regrettably, India won’t have the expertise of Captain Rohit Sharma, Deputy Hardik Pandya, the legendary Virat Kohli, and the on-point spinner Kuldeep Yadav for the initial two ODIs. Conversely, they’ve called upon the seasoned spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Washington Sundar for the entire series. Axar Patel, who suffered a hamstring strain during the Asia Cup, is only named for the third ODI, with his participation hinging on fitness.
India vs Australia, ODI Series 2023 Timetable:
1st ODI: 22nd September (Friday) – Mohali
2nd ODI: 24th September (Sunday) – Indore
3rd ODI: 27th September (Wednesday) – Rajkot
All three ODIs between India and Australia can be streamed live in India via JioCinema, with each match commencing at 13:30 IST.
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An outstanding comeback in the Asia Cup, KL Rahul is set to captain India in the first two ODIs against Australia. Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, who sat out key Asia Cup games due to a back injury, is geared up for the entire series. Suryakumar Yadav, who had limited play in the Asia Cup, is eager to solidify his place during the Australian encounter. Notably, the selectors have also called up Tilak Varma and Prasidh Krishna, who missed out on the World Cup selection. Post World Cup, India and Australia are slated to compete in a five-match T20I series in late November to December.
India’s Squad for the Australia ODIs:
For the initial two ODIs: KL Rahul (c), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Tilak Varma, Prasidh Krishna, R Ashwin, Washington Sundar.
For the concluding ODI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel (subject to fitness), R Ashwin, Washington Sundar.