Date & Time: Tuesday, January 14, 13:30 IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India
India’s biggest challenge of home season awaits
Since the World Cup in England, India and Australia didn’t play against a side that could challenge them to their last breath. West Indies did pose some challenge to India but it didn’t last long enough. On the other hand, it is the first ODI series for Australia since their defeat to England in the World Cup. After a dominating Test Series, it will be interesting to see how they can transform that into the ODI format.
Virat Kohli, David Warner, and Rohit Sharma are the top 3 batsmen of the match who have a PPM of 81, 72 & 71 respectively in the format. In bowling, Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami are the top picks for the match who all have a PPM above 55 in the format.
India possible XI
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan/KL Rahul,Virat Kohli (c),, Shreyas Iyer,,Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Australia possible XI
Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa.
The surface at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is historically known to produce high scoring games whether it is the T20 or One Day format. Pacers usually do get something of the surface throughout the game and for spinners, it is a tough ground to defend with short boundaries & presence of dew.
There is nothing new to say about Virat, he is only getting better every day. He is just short of a century to be just second to the ’Master Blaster’ in terms of total centuries across formats at the big stage. In the last 5 matches, he has scored a couple of centuries and an 80+ score.
He is coming into the series on the back of a good form where he scored 258 runs in the 3-match ODI series against the West Indies. Every time he played against Australia it brought the best out of him. In the 19 matches played against them, he has a PPM of almost 80.
He is the top-rated bowler of the match with a PPM of 68 in format. He is yet to play an ODI in the country but given the struggles faced by Indian batsmen against left-arm pacers now and then, makes him a must-have.
India is certainly a ‘home’ venue for him in the T20s and One Day, as he has enjoyed playing against India in the past. He has a PPM of 77 in the last 9 matches played against India which makes him a must-have player in today’s match.