KL Rahul and Pat Cummins in focus as we look at India vs Australia 2023 1st ODI confirmed playing 11 for both teams.
After a blockbuster completion of Asia Cup 2023, the Indian Cricket Team is now headed home for one final frontier before the most important ODI World Cup 2023. As a last mock battle before the battle storm hits in India, India would be up for a 3-match ODI challenge against the mighty Aussies.
If there’s one team that has full capability to beat the strongest Indian 11, it is the Aussies. The Men-in-Yellow have everything that a team needs to compete on Indian pitches. Even historically, Australia have an upper hand in ODIs vs Team India in India by winning 32 and losing 30 of them.
But even if we ignore history, this Aussie team can challenge the strongest Indian contingent, who are already without a few key players for the first two ODIs. While Australia have a near-to-full-strength squad, Team India are without Rohit, Virat, Kuldeep, Axar, and Hardik for the first two ODIs.
With these many changes, it would be interesting what playing 11 Team India adopt. So, as we wait for the match to begin, let’s look at the confirmed best playing 11 that both teams can play for the India vs Australia 2023 1st ODI. Meanwhile, per the leading website, Betway Satta, India look the favourite to win the ODI series with odds at 1.14.
Tournament: Australia Tour of India Sep 2023
Type: 1st ODI
Where: Mohali, India
When: September 22, 1:30 pm IST
India vs Australia 2023 – Team India Squad List for 1st & 2nd ODI:
Batters: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav & Tilak Varma
WKs: Ishan Kishan & KL Rahul (c)
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja & Washington Sundar
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Ravichandran Ashwin & Shardul Thakur
Team India’s Best Predicted Playing 11
Team India are without their five first-choice players for the first two ODIs. The list includes Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Axar Patel, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav. On a pitch like Mohali, where spinners get good assistance, India would have fancied playing Axar Patel as the third spinner.
But with these five not available, who would replace them? Well, if we analyze from the top, the main question would be who opens alongside Shubman Gill. Well, India have two options for that role in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan. With the World Cup just 3 matches, playing Ruturaj makes no sense, and giving a chance to your regular 15 players should be the priority.
So, expect Ishan Kishan to open the innings alongside Shubman Gill. The pair had also opened in the Asia Cup 2023 final, and helped register a 10-wicket win. Following these two shall be Shreyas Iyer at 3, KL Rahul at 4, and Suryakumar Yadav at 5. Unfortunately, Tilak Varma may have to sit out the first match as his role in the World Cup is not there.
Coming to the void created by Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar should be the ideal fit for the all-rounder position alongside Ravindra Jadeja. Following the all-rounders shall be two bowlers, who can bat well. This includes Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin, whom Team India gave a comeback opportunity in ODIs.
Finally, talking about Team India’s first-choice pacers, India will have to choose from Jasprit Burmah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Prasidh Krishna. Ideally, India would want to win the first match by playing the two best options, Siraj and Bumrah. If India win the first match, they can rest these two pacers for Shami and Prasidh in the second match.
India vs Australia 2023 – 1st ODI Best Predicted Playing 11 for Team India:
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c&wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah & Mohammed Siraj.
India vs Australia 2023 – ODI Squad List for Australia:
Batters: David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Short & Steve Smith
WKs: Alex Carey & Josh Inglis
All-rounders: Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis & Mitchell Marsh
Bowlers: Adam Zampa Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Ellis, Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Spencer Johnson & Tanveer Sangha
Australia’s Best Predicted Playing 11
Australia may have selected a full-strength squad, but will they play all their key players at once against a Second string Indian attack? Well, this is the biggest question for Australia, whose answer might only be known to the management. But ideally, Australia would want to play full strength to get a good assessment of Indian pitches as a team.
So, assuming Australia put forward a full-strength playing 11, we can expect David Warner and Cameron Green to open with Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, and Josh Inglis at 3,4, and 5 respectively. Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey should donn the finishing duties with Pat Cummins, Sean Abbott, Josh Hazlewood, and Adam Zampa in the bowling department.
India vs Australia 2023 – 1st ODI Best Predicted Playing 11 for Australia:
David Warner, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Josh Inglis, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Josh Hazlewood & Adam Zampa.
Top Fantasy Players 11 for India vs Australia 2023 1st ODI:
Batters: Shubman Gill, David Warner & Steve Smith
Wks: KL Rahul
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, & Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Mohammed Siraj & Jasprit Bumrah
CVC Choice: David Warner & KL Rahul
So, that’s about the best playing 11 for India vs Australia 1st ODI 2023. Overall, we might have identified the strongest 11 for both teams, but whether these two teams play full-strength can only be known on match day. But at least for the first match, we should expect India and Australia to play a solid side.
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