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Team India Announces Squad for ODI Series Against Australia Ahead of ICC World Cup 2023

India | September 22, 2023: Team India, riding high on their recent Asia Cup 2023 triumph, is gearing up for the all-important ODI series against Australia as a prelude to the ICC ODI World Cup. The squad, announced on September 18, 2023, carries a few surprises, with the absence of star players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, and Hardik Pandya in the initial two matches. These stalwarts are set to return for the third encounter. KL Rahul has been entrusted with the captaincy, and Ravindra Jadeja will serve as the vice-captain for the first two matches.

The impending ICC World Cup, commencing on October 5, looms large, with the first match pitting Australia against Team India on October 8. As a result, this 3-match series assumes immense significance for both teams. The series opener will be contested on September 22 at the iconic IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab. Let’s delve into the likely playing eleven for Team India in this crucial first match.

The opening partnership will feature the dynamic duo of Shubman Gill and Ishaan Kishan, known for their explosive starts. They are expected to shoulder the responsibility at the top of the order. The middle order will comprise Shreyas Iyer, Captain KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav. Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar will assume all-round roles to bolster the team’s performance.

The pace attack will be spearheaded by the trio of Mohammad Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami. The seasoned campaigner R Ashwin is likely to make a comeback to the playing eleven after a hiatus of 20 months.

Team India for the first 2 matches against Australia:

  • KL Rahul (Captain and Wicketkeeper)
  • Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-Captain)
  • Rituraj Gaikwad
  • Shubman Gill
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • Tilak Verma
  • Ishan Kishan (Wicketkeeper)
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Washington Sundar
  • R Ashwin
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Mohammad Siraj
  • Prasidh Krishna

Australia Cricket Team for ODI Series:

  • Pat Cummins (Captain)
  • Sean Abbott
  • Alex Carey (Wicketkeeper)
  • Nathan Ellis
  • Cameron Green
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Josh English (Wicketkeeper)
  • Spencer Johnson
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Tanvir Sangha
  • Matthew Short
  • Steven Smith
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • David Warner
  • Adam Zampa

Team India’s Probable Playing XI for the First ODI:

  • KL Rahul (Captain and Wicketkeeper)
  • Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-Captain)
  • Shubman Gill
  • Ishan Kishan
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • Washington Sundar
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Mohammad Siraj

Cricket enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the clash between these two cricketing giants, and the outcome of this series will undoubtedly set the stage for a thrilling ICC World Cup showdown.

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