IND vs AUS: Why is Umran Malik Not Playing Today’s India vs Australia 1st ODI? Check IND Playing 11

Published on: Mar 17, 2023 2:17 pm IST|Updated on: Mar 17, 2023 2:51 pm IST

Umran Malik

India and Australia have taken the field at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the first ODI. Team India under the leadership of Hardik Pandya has opted to field after winning the toss. India is playing with 4 pacers (Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur) & 2 spinners (Ravindra Jadeja & Kuldeep Yadav). Unfortunately, Umran Malik has to be sidelined from this game owing to the team combination.

IND vs AUS: Why is Umran Malik Not Playing Today’s India vs Australia 1st ODI?

India’s fastest bowler Umran Malik isn’t playing the first IND vs AUS ODI match. He has been left out as the team management has opted for Mohammad Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Shardul Thakur as the pace-trio along with skipper Hardik Pandya who will be bowling his medium pacers. The Indian skipper after winning the toss opted to field and spoke about the team combination. He said,

“We’ll bowl first. It is a good track and dew factor will be there. We feel we will do well in the second innings. I got some time off, breaks are like gold dust for me so it gave me a chance to rest and improve. Playing for India every game and every format is important. With this being a WC year, the ODI format is important. We’ve gone with four quicks – Shardul, Shami, myself and Siraj. Two spinners in Jadeja and Kuldeep.” 

Umran Malik

Talking about Umran Malik’s ODI numbers, the Jammu speedster has played 8 ODIs so far and scalped 13 wickets at an average of 27.30. His economy has been a bit on the higher side, i.e., 6.45 and his best figures of 3/57 came earlier this year against Sri Lanka in Guwahati.

India Playing 11

1. Shubman Gill
2. Ishan Kishan
3. Virat Kohli
4. Suryakumar Yadav
5. KL Rahul (wk)
6. Hardik Pandya (C)
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. Shardul Thakur
9. Kuldeep Yadav
10. Mohammed Shami
11. Mohammed Siraj


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