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India vs Zimbabwe, India Playing 11 vs Zimbabwe (Predicted), 1st ODI, India Tour Of Zimbabwe 2022. India is set to take on hosts Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the series, on August 18, Thursday. The match is set to take place at the Harare Sports Club and is scheduled to begin at 12:45 pm IST (Indian Standard Time). The 2nd and 3rd ODI will take place on August 20 and 22 respectively. All the matches will take place at Harare Sports Club in  Harare.

India is on a 12-match winning streak against Zimbabwe in ODIs with 11 of them on Zimbabwe soil. India beat England (2-1) and West Indies (3-0) in their most recent ODI series on away soil. Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh in the ODIs (2-1) and T20Is (2-1) at home recently.

India vs Zimbabwe
India vs Zimbabwe (Credits: Getty)

India will be led by returning KL Rahul after a long injury-ridden gap. Experienced campaigner Shikhar Dhawan will serve as his deputy and partner him at the top of the order. Deepak Hooda, Shubman Gill, and Sanju Samson showcased their skills and are expected to slot in the middle order for the team with Axar Patel expected to be the all-rounder lower down the order.

Shikhar Dhawan - KL Rahul
Shikhar Dhawan – KL Rahul Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, and Deepak Chahar are expected to slot in as the first-choice pacers in this match with Shardul Thakur and Avesh Khan available as backup options for the team. Axar Patel will partner with Kuldeep Yadav to take care of the spin department. Spin all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed received his maiden India call-up as he replaced an injured Washington Sundar for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Along with KL Rahul, a lot of focus would also be on Deepak Chahar, who too is returning from an injury. Shubman Gill might just have to drop down the order to make room for skipper KL Rahul at the top, but he will aim to continue the rich form that earned him a Man of the Series award against West Indies. India has a massively dominant record against Zimbabwe in ODIs. Out of 63 ODIs, India has won 51, and Zimbabwe has only 10 victories. Two games have ended in ties.

Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)

Rahul Tripathi will be the biggest benefactor from the seniors’ absence. He was named in the India squad for Ireland and did not play any game. So when his chance arrives at Harare, the right-hander, who has been a wonderful scorer in IPL and domestic cricket, will be eager to get his game going in international cricket too.

The biggest headache for the Indian management will be Shubman Gill’s batting position. He did well in the last ODI series against West Indies, but demoting him down the order seems to be the best choice with KL Rahul back in the squad.

KL Rahul will head to Dubai for Asia Cup and he needs to have as many match practices as possible before the Pakistan match. KL Rahul hasn’t played any competitive cricket since IPL 2022 due to sports hernia surgery and then Covid-19.

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KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo: Twitter)

KL Rahul was selected captain of the 16-man squad for the three-match One-Day International series against Zimbabwe, which begins on August 18.

KL Rahul has not played competitive cricket since leading Lucknow Super Giants to the IPL 2022 playoffs. KL Rahul underwent sports hernia surgery in Germany after being ruled out of the 5-match T20I series against South Africa at home.

KL Rahul also missed the crucial trip to England and was ruled out of the West Indies tour after contracting Covid-19 while undergoing rehabilitation in Bengaluru. He has amassed 1634 runs in 42 ODIs averaging 46.69 including 5 tons.

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