Rohit Sharma seems to be fit and running for the first ODI of the series against Australia as he participated in the practice session on eve of the game. Rohit had suffered a blow to his thumb two days prior to the game and was in doubt for the opening ODI but him participating in the practice session, it is confirmed that the vice-captain will be part of the playing XI.
It will is a comeback for Rohit. He was rested for the three T20Is against Sri Lanka. He was also expected to miss the Australia series but Rohit made a comeback for the home series. Despite him coming back, both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul will be a part of the playing XI.
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Indian skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that he might demote himself in the batting order to allow all the three openers to be part of the playing XI. Rahul is unlikely to open the proceedings with Rohit. He will come in at number three and will be followed by Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and others.
Ravindra Jadeja, who sat out during the Sri Lanka T20I series, is expected to be included in the playing XI ahead of one the frontline spinners. Kuldeep Yadav holds an edge over Yuzvendra Chahal and might pip him for a place in the playing XI.
As far as the pace department is concerned, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will bowl with the new ball. Only one of Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur can be part of the playing XI. Given Thakur’s batting skills, he is expected to be preferred over Saini.
For visitors, they also have plenty of options. Marnus Labuschagne, despite his current form, could miss out on a place in the playing XI. Pacer Kane Richardson is only expected to get an opportunity if Australia rest any of the three frontline pacers.