With stalwarts Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya taking a break for the preliminary matches, it is a pivotal second for head coach Rahul Dravid to evaluate India’s bench power.
Amidst this high-stakes encounter, two Mumbai-based batsmen, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav, are locked in private battles to safe their locations within the all-important World Cup squad.
KL Rahul, a wicketkeeper-batter, has been appointed as India’s captain for the first two games of the upcoming three-match series against Australia. This series is significant as it serves as a final dress rehearsal for India ahead of the ODI World Cup. Rahul has led the Indian ODI side in seven
India’s three-game series against Australia will test Shreyas Iyer’s fitness and Suryakumar Yadav’s ODI record, as they prepare for the World Cup. With Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya resting for the first two games, head coach Rahul Dravid will assess his bench strength,
Australian cricketer Steve Smith has expressed his excitement ahead of his return to the team after recovering from a wrist injury. Smith had torn a tendon in his left wrist during the Ashes Test.
Shreyas Iyer, on the age of 28, stands at a crossroads in his profession. Restricted cricketing motion within the final six months resulting from a stress fracture surgical procedure has raised considerations about his match health. A current episode of a stiff again simply earlier than an Asia Cup match in opposition to Pakistan added to the concerns.
Whereas chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar has given the inexperienced gentle for Iyer to take part within the three-game sequence, the true check lies in whether or not his physique can face up to the calls for of taking part in 100 overs over the subsequent 5 days.
Iyer’s status as a formidable batter of spin bowling within the center overs may very well be a useful asset for India within the upcoming World Cup.
Suryakumar’s ODI aspirations
In the meantime, Suryakumar Yadav, popularly often called ‘SKY,’ has soared in T20Is, however he faces the problem of carving a distinct segment for himself within the realm of ODI cricket. Regardless of having 27 ODIs underneath his belt, his common of lower than 25 begs the query of his suitability within the 50-over format. Whereas he will not be an everyday starter within the World Cup XI, he is decided to persuade the workforce administration of his value.
The emergence of younger expertise Tilak Varma places stress on Suryakumar’s place, and on the age of 33, this can be his last alternative to function in a 50-over World Cup.
‘Ash’ will get an opportunity
An sudden door has opened for the seasoned 37-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin resulting from a small quadriceps tear suffered by left-arm spinner Axar Patel. If Axar does not get well in time, Ashwin may make his third and probably last look in a 50-over World Cup.
Remarkably, simply two weeks in the past, Ashwin wasn’t even in competition, however now he finds himself in competitors along with his youthful state-mate Washington Sundar for a spot within the squad.
Current buzz means that Ashwin, even when he does not carry out exceptionally nicely within the upcoming matches, stands a greater probability of inclusion in comparison with Washington. The prospect of Ashwin locking horns with David Warner and Steve Smith guarantees to be a deal with for cricket lovers.
The absence of Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya presents each Ashwin and Washington with a possibility to showcase their expertise to the workforce.
Nevertheless, it is vital to notice that even when Ashwin excels, the workforce administration could go for Axar if he regains health in time for the third ODI. Usually, a small tear takes round two weeks to heal, and for a spinner, it’s a much less extreme harm in comparison with quick bowlers, who require extra time to get well. India stays optimistic about Axar’s health forward of the World Cup.
Staff composition and bowler workload
With Rohit Sharma absent from the highest order, Ishan Kishan is more likely to open alongside Shubman Gill, whereas Shreyas Iyer fills in for Virat Kohli, who wants beneficial recreation time. The workload administration of quick bowlers, significantly Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, might be a key consideration given the tight schedule, together with three 50-over video games in 5 days and journey commitments.
Australia, the workforce to beat in WC
Australia, regardless of a current 2-3 sequence loss to South Africa, stay a formidable workforce. Their victory within the final ODI sequence in India in March and their monitor document of success in subcontinental circumstances make them sturdy contenders for the World Cup. Price noting is that India and Australia will conflict once more on October 8 throughout the marquee occasion.
Australia’s bowling assault faces a stern check on subcontinent pitches identified for favouring batsmen.
India:KL Rahul (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.
Australia: Pant Cummins (Captain), Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Inexperienced, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, David Warner, Josh Heselwood, Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanvir Sangha, Matt Quick.
Match Begins: 1:30 pm.
(With inputs from PTI)