India began their new year on a high note, beating Sri Lanka in the three-game T20I series by a margin of 2-0. Not once in their home season so far, India’s juggernaut seemed threatening, at least not till the beginning of any series. It has changed now as the Australians have landed the Indian shores with their full-strength to secure back to back series victory against India at their home. But the positives aren’t any less for India. Rohit Sharma would be returning to the fold after a short break.
Their bowling department strengthens not only because of the return of Jasprit Bumrah, but also how well the likes of Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, and Navdeep Saini have hit their strides to stay in the reckoning. However, their middle-order needs testing as well as the spin-bowling department after their ordinary show against West Indies. The upcoming three-match ODI series will see both sides getting pushed to the breaking point and it would be a test of how they thrive from it.
Ahead of the first ODI in Mumbai, we take a look at the predicted XI for India:
The limited-overs vice-captain would be back for this big One-day bout against Australia after being rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma is an automatic selection when it comes to white-ball cricket and he loves playing against Australia. The 32-year old suffered an injury to this thumb during the practice session; however, he is expected to be available for the marquee clash. Rohit would also be looking to extend his stellar run of 2019.