Mohali : All eyes will be on the performances of India’s off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar in the three-match ODI series against Australia starting today, Friday. Akshar Patel’s injury has made it possible that one of the two will get a place in the Indian squad for the upcoming World Cup. Hence, Ashwin and Sundar will be looking to strengthen their claim for the World Cup squad with a strong performance against Australia.
* ODI World Cup
It will start from October 5 and this is India’s last series before that. Therefore, this series is being seen as a colorful rehearsal for the World Cup. India’s leading batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav
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* Test for Mumbaikar batsmen
Mumbai batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav will be tested in this series. While Shreyas will have to prove his fitness, Suryakumar will have to prove his suitability in ODI cricket. Shreyas, 28, has not played much cricket in the last six months due to a back injury, followed by surgery and back pain again. It will be important to see if Shreyas’ body supports him in the three ODIs in the next five days.
* Time : Mon. At 1.30 p.m
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Ashwin vs Warner and Smith
Ashwin will play his first ODI since January 2022 if he gets the chance. He has so far taken 151 wickets in 113 ODIs. After India’s 15-man squad for the ODI World Cup was announced, it was criticized for not having an off-spinner. Akshar Patel’s thigh injury in the Asia Cup has raised doubts over his availability for the World Cup. Time has been given till 28th September to change the squad selected for the World Cup. Before that, all the three matches of the Indian team against Australia will be played. So Ashwin and Sundar will try to give their best performance in this series. The duel between the 37-year-old Ashwin and veterans David Warner and Steve Smith will be especially interesting to watch. Ashwin has put Warner in trouble many times in Test cricket. Now he will be aiming to do the same in ODI cricket as well.
* India : KL Rahul (captain/wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja (vice-captain), Rituraj Gaikwad,