Visakhapatnam, February 24 at 7:00 PM IST
After pummelling Australia in their own den in both Tests and One-dayers and drawing level in the 3-match T20I series, India will welcome the Kangaroos for a proposed 3 T20I and 5 One-dayers series which will kick-off from today i.e. 24th February, with the first T20I which will be played at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
For India, skipper Virat Kohli will return to the mix along with KL Rahul who showed some glimpse of form in the India A series against England Lions. Not only these two, the talismanic fast bowler who was rested for the tour of New Zealand is also back for the hosts, while his partner in crime Jasprit Bumrah and the revery left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav have been rested.
The Australian team are coming into the series after a successful Big Bash campaign and a lot of their players would be banking on their BBL form. Australia will look for vengeance here after the beating they took from the same opposition in their own den.
Form guide (recent first)
Australia – L W L L L
India – L W L W L
India Playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik/KL Rahul, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav/Siddharth Kaul.
Australia Playing 11: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh/Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter Nile.
Scenario 1: Australian top order gets among runs.
Scenario 2: The return of Jasprit Bumrah and the dominance of Indian bowling
Scenario 3: An unexpected team with more of the least expected players
Many new faces among the two sides have been named, we are providing you with a team here with an unorthodox team.