IND vs AUS: How will be the playing XI in the absence of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli?

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After winning the Asia Cup 2023 title, Team India will now play a three-match ODI series against Australia. This series is very important for the ODI World Cup 2023. But in this, big and match-winning players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya will be rested, but only in the first two matches. He will return in the last match. KL Rahul is carrying the responsibility of captaincy. The first match will be played on 22 September in Mohali. The team is ready for this, but the question is that in the absence of these three big players, what could be the playing XI of the Indian team in the first match?

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In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad may get the responsibility of opening with Shubman Gill:

Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has also been included in the squad for the series against Australia. This means that Ruturaj Gaikwad can play the responsibility of opening along with Shubman Gill. Although Ishan Kishan also opens, he is also in the World Cup squad, and in the World Cup, he will be needed only in the middle order, hence it is believed that he will be played there from now onwards. Virat Kohli is not at number three, so Shreyas Iyer may get a chance here. But the question is about his fitness. Are they perfectly matched? During the Asia Cup, he was 99% fit. It will be interesting to see whether this one percent issue will be completed by the 22nd. If he is fit then he will play at this number, but if there is some problem then Suryakumar Yadav may get a chance.

KL Rahul has double responsibility in this series:

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After the top 3 of the Indian team, KL Rahul will have to come number four, who will captain the first two matches of this series. Along with the responsibility of keeping, he’ll be seen doing two things. Ishan Kishan can be given a chance at number five. This means that if Shreyas Iyer plays, Suryakumar Yadav’s place will not be made even at the bottom. After this will come the turn of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been made the vice-captain for this series. R Ashwin has also been selected for this series. He has been selected for Team India’s ODI team after a long time, so it is almost certain that he will play in the playing XI. He has the ability to show his hands in batting. After this, Shardul Thakur can be given a chance, because he shows his talent in batting also. In the absence of Akshar Patel, Washington Sundar can also be kept in the playing XI. He went to the finals of the Asia Cup for Team India, but neither did he get a chance to bat or bowl. This will be an opportunity for them to conform to their place by playing. At the same time, the place of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj as fast bowlers seems to be confirmed in the playing XI. This means that Mohammed Shami may have to wait. Captain KL Rahul will announce the final playing XI at the time of the toss.

Team India’s playing XI could be like this in the first ODI against Australia:

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Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

India vs Australia full team for first two ODIs:

KL Rahul (captain and wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja (vice captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.

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