India vs Aus 2020: 1st ODI Stats Preview and Predicted Playing 11

India vs Aus: Team India play their first ODI series of 2020 as we look at the stats preview and the predicted playing 11 for the first ODI between India and Australia. 


Occasion  First ODI, India vs Australia
Location  Mumbai
Date & Time  Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 1:30 pm


Sachin Tendulkar vs Shane Warne, Brett Lee vs Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma vs Australia, Ricky Ponting vs India, etc., the rivalry between India and Australia has always brought one of the most exciting matches and contests on the table.

While Australia have had a better record between the two winning 77 of the 137 matches, India have been a better team at home last decade winning 11 of the 18 matches including the famous 2011 World Cup Quarter Final.

Performance wise, it is the Indian batsmen who have dominated the batting department, and it is the Australian bowlers who have dominated the bowling department. While Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma lead most of the records for India, Brett Lee leads most of the records for Australia.

The last time these two teams met, India rode past Australia in a high scoring encounter at the 2019 World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan scored a fantastic century before he was unfortunately ruled out of the World Cup due to an injury. 

As the two teams meet for the first time in 2020, both the teams have only gotten stronger with Australia seeing an adrenaline push in their pacers. India, on the other hand, aren’t playing a full-fledged side with key players, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Deepak Chahar missing from the action.

Nevertheless, the three-match ODI series promises to be an exciting contest, and a treat to watch for the fans all around the globe. On that note, here’s the stats preview, and the predicted playing 11 for the first ODI between India and Australia. 


Overall Matches Played: 137

India: 50 Wins || Australia: 77 Wins || NR: 10


3077- Most Runs by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)

71- Best Batting Average (Min 10 inns) by George Bailey (AUS) 

132.9- Highest Strike Rate (Min 10 inns) by James Faulkner (AUS) 

209(158)- Highest Score by Rohit Sharma (IND)

9- Most Hundreds by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)

15– Most Fifties by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)

330- Most Fours by Sachin Tendulkar (IND)

70– Most Sixes by Rohit Sharma (IND)


55- Most Wickets by Brett Lee (AUS)

21- Best Bowling Average (Min 10 inns) by Brett Lee (AUS)

3.5- Lowest Economy Rate (Min 10 inns) by Simon Davis (AUS) 

24.4- Lowest Bowling Strike Rate by S Sreesanth (IND)

6/27- Best Bowling figures by Murali Karthik (AUS)

5- Most 5-wicket haul by Brett Lee (AUS)

47- Most  Maidens by Kapil Dev (IND)


Openers: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan 

After being out of the Indian team since the 2019 World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan returns to the format he plays and enjoys the best. While questions over Dhawan’s spot in the T20I side may be there, he is an asset in ODIs, and should resume the opener duties alongside Rohit Sharma. 

Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, would be licking his fingers as he is beginning his 2020 journey against the side he has an impeccable record. He averages more than 60 against Australia, and even has a double-hundred to his name against them. 

Middle-order: Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant (WK) 

The middle-order looks to be settled with the Captain, Virat Kohli at number 3, followed by Shreyas Iyer, and then Rishabh Pant. Both Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant impressed in the middle-order in the last outing against West Indies, and we look forward to them contributing positively.

All-rounders: Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja 

Kedar Jadhav had a decent outing against West Indies in the last series, but considering team management is pursing with him, he looks the best option to own the finishing duties alongside Ravindra Jadeja. 

Jadeja, meanwhile, was not selected in the playing 11 for T20I series against Sri Lanka, but the ODI format, and his performance in the recent times should give him the edge above Shivam Dube for the finishing duties. 

Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Navdeep Saini

Kuldeep Yadav, who was rested for the last T20I against Sri Lanka should play as the prime spinner for Team India given he was preferred against West Indies too. That means Yuzvendra Chahal, India’s best spinner in 2019 will have to sit out mostly until Hardik Pandya returns.

Meanwhile, Team India would be delighted that their spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah is back in the ODI squad after an injury break. He would lead the pace attack alongside Mohammed Shami; the leading wicket-taker of 2019 in ODIs.

The third Pacer should see a tough fight between Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur. Both were excellent in the T20Is against Sri Lanka with Navdeep peeping Shardul for the player of the series award. Most likely, we should see Navdeep Saini as the third Pacer for Team India.

So, that completes the predicted playing 11 for Team for the first ODI for India vs Australia. Here’s the consolidated line-up for both, India and Australia.

India vs Aus First ODI Predicted Playing 11 for Team India: 

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, and Jasprit Bumrah.

India vs Aus First ODI Predicted Playing 11 for Australia: 

Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson. 

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