Most anticipated India-Australia ODI series has kicked off at Wankhede today. Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss and sent India in first. But there are a couple of interesting selections in the Indian team.
The most interesting decision from Indian team management was of dropping Navdeep Saini after a promising start to his international career this home season. Shardul Thakur was given preference because of his batting credentials.
Navdeep Saini has that pace in his armoury that can hurry on any batsman. But Indian team management tends to go for options that offer contributions in more than one department of the game. But still, the decision was against the general feeling before the start of the game.
Virat Kohli at No 4
In another interesting move, India has opted to play both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul. And that will mean Virat Kohli should bat at No 4. Experts are also having mixed opinions on that. One side of the coin is to play best 5 in-form batsmen and on the other side, ViratKohli and ShreyasIyer could be batting out of their positions due to that move.
Fans took to Twitter immediately to post their reactions about team selections. And most of them were not happy with the decision of dropping Saini.
MarnusLabuschagne debuts for Australia
Marnus Labuschagne became Australia's 229th ODI cricketer when he received his cap from Steve Waugh at Wankhede. Marnus is in terrific form in longer version of the game during last year. He was highest run-scorer on the International circuit in 2019. He is expected to bat at No 3 for Australia. In another decision, Australia decided to leave out Josh Hazlewood and bring in Kane Richardson. Kane Richardson is rated highly in Australian cricket with regards to his death bowling abilities.