After a long wait team, India will finally play international cricket in a blockbuster series against Australia. The tour will kick off with a 3 match ODI series that will set the tone for the rest of the tour. Virat Kohli and his men have been extremely consistent in white-ball cricket away from home. In 2019, India defeated Australia by 2-1 in the 3 match ODI series.
Recently the full Indian squad was announced for all the formats for the Australian series. The notable name missing from the side was of Rohit Sharma who is currently nursing a hamstring injury. In his absence, the selectors have trusted KL Rahul to take the command of vice-captain in both ODIs and T20s.
Here is the full ODI squad of India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
The squad looks a well-balanced unit with a variety of options for skipper Kohli with both bat and ball. In this feature, we look ahead at the possible predicted XI of the Indian side during the ODI matches. A side which is well suited to perform keeping the conditions at Sydney and Canberra in mind two venues for the series.
Predicted ODI XI of Team India Against Australia
1 Shikhar Dhawan
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, the onus will be on the experienced Shikhar Dhawan. The Southpaw is no stranger to playing in Australia and team India will be banking on Dhawan to provide them with a healthy start.
The good thing is that Dhawan will be coming in the ODI series with runs behind his back in IPL 2020. Presently playing for the Delhi Capitals, Dhawan has smashed 2 centuries and is among the leading run-getters in the tournament. On the other hand, Dhawan’s record suggests that ODI is his favourite format as time and time we have seen his play some outstanding knocks in 50 over cricket.
Shikhar Dhawan ODI record
Overall: 136 matches, 5688 runs @ 45.14, 17 centuries
Vs Aus: 27 matches, 1145 runs @45.80, 4 centuries.