With the series already decided, India will look to continue with their experimentation and the benched players are likely to be included in the playing XI for the final ODI which is scheduled to begin on Sunday (1st October). India won the first three matches, whereas Australia managed a win in Bengaluru to open their account in the series.
Here’s India’s Predicted XI for the series finale:
1. Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane has been the go-to man for India whenever their first-choice opener is not available, he has scored consistently in this series but has failed to register a big one, after getting good starts. Rahane will look to take this opportunity to remind selectors what he is capable of.
2. KL Rahul
Lokesh Rahul is waiting for his chance in the Indian setup in the top-order. He was tried in the Sri Lanka tour in the middle but he failed to tackle spinners early on in his innings. He may get a game in the final match against Australia in the last ODI in place of Rohit Sharma who could be rested.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is due for a big one, as he only managed to score a 92 in the last four games. He will be looking to finish the ODI series with a big hundred.
4. MS Dhoni
The former India skipper is still the best wicket-keeper batsman in the world. He is in the central scheme of things for the next World Cup.
5. Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav is the player the team management is looking on as a future prospect at number four and five. He can be good with the ball in the middle overs as well. He will look to cement his place in the last ODI.
6. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey is the future star of Indian cricket he has shown glimpses of what he can do but is lacking consistency, this can be the last chance for Manish Pandey.
7. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is tried at number four but every cricket pundit is unhappy with Virat Kohli’s approach and wants Hardik to be a finisher.
8. Axar Patel
An injury kept the all-rounder out of the first three games and he did play the last match but failed to make any impact either with the bat or with the ball. He will get another chance before Ravindra Jadeja takes his place.
9. Kuldeep Yadav
Chahal has picked up big wickets and has put a stop to the scoring in the middle overs, he may get a rest for this game and Kuldeep Yadav may take his place, who has been as good as anyone in this series.
10. Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav came back after a long-time and picked up four wickets out of five that fell. He will look to continue his form in the fifth ODI as well.
11. Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami will look to better his numbers and get a wicket up his sleeve, as he was expensive and failed to get any wickets under his belt.