Chennai: Despite a 9-0 lead in Sri Lanka’s three matches in their last tour of Sri Lanka, India will know very well that both the teams had resumed acquaintances in the first match of the five-match ODI series. . (ODI) series on Sunday at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Without breaking the sweat, all of Sri Lankan’s siblings in India were in their dowry. Virat Kohli and Sehwag have given chance to return to all three Tests, five ODIs and one T20 International.
But in Australia, the hosts only have to face tough competition due to the quality of the players, which the visitors have.
Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were also refused injury, despite the likes of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, and Ashton Eger to trouble Indian batsmen in the Steve Smith-led team.
It will not be easy sailing for visitors, however, by any time of the imagination.
At home, India has performed extensively in the 50-over format, from last year to win 3-2 and 2-1 against New Zealand and England respectively.
Indian batsmen are in good form because experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni has managed to score himself in Sri Lanka Shikhar Dhawan should not be done for three ODIs, because in the last few days, runs in all formats runs between the runs.
Ajinkya Rahane is expected to take his place on top of the order with opener Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul is an option too.
For the Australian team, Aaron Finch, who has batted with David Warner, is not an ideal arrangement with a sharp elephant nursing a calf problem. Peter Handkob has been called to take his place but is likely to be Travis Head Warner’s potential partner.
Before the 2019 World Cup in England, India’s chief coach, Ravi Shastri, would have to look at his back-up spin options in this series as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja gave the rest.
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm spinner Yusvendra Chahal and all-rounder Akshar Patel will fight for the spot in the team.
Kuldeep and Chahal have performed well in limited opportunities, since they have met and even have a belief that wrists can go for spinners, economy rate of leggie 4.14 and in the ODIs 3.97 is.
“I see them as mystery spinners, you do not know what’s going on with their hands, the captain is comfortable to take them in the ground, because they can achieve very important success in the middle of the game,” Vice-captain Rohit said on Friday.
Australia will also have huge dependence on their twitter to take wickets. While Captain Steve Smith has made it clear that Zampa is certain in the playing eleven, Eger has also been asked to play a part.
The fact is that KKR bowler K.K. Jiaas flew to help in Asian practice on Friday, it is a clear indication that tourists are taking spin very seriously.
Australia has not played ODI since the ICC Champions Trophy and Bangladesh will face a disappointing defeat in the first Test in Dhaka. They sure fight back in the second rubber to win. Before the Champions Trophy, the Australian team lost to New Zealand 0-2.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Aksar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yajwendra Chahal, Jasprit Boomara, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami
Australia: Steve Smith (Captain), David Warner, Ashton Edgar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Colter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoney, Matthew Wade (WK), Adam Zampa