The India VS Australia 1st ODI begins on the 17th of March 2023. This will be the 1st ODI of the India VS Australia 3-match series. Both teams are looking out for combinations for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023. Australia will be looking to chop and change and try as many players as possible. India on the other hand is looking to figure out only certain positions. Will KL Rahul be the keeper-batsman in absence of Rishabh Pant? Will Surya play in absence of Shreyas Iyer in the India VS Australia? Here is an in-depth look:

Indian Team Preview Before India VS Australia 1st ODI:

India VS Australia
In absence of Shreyas, Surya can get his chances! IMG SRC: BCCI

The Indian team is marred with injuries. The absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant has dented their plans for the ODI World Cup 2023. But they still have immense depth and able players who can fill their voids. Bumrah is expected to make a recovery. Shreyas Iyer’s void can be filled by Suryakumar Yadav. Pant’s absence gives KL Rahul a chance. The batting is still the strength with Rohit, Shubman, and Kohli forming a formidable top 3. Hardik Pandya’s performance will be key in the India VS Australia 1st ODI.

Indian Squad:

Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, K L Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (VC), Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat.

Expected Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma(C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami.

Australian Team Preview Before India VS Australia 1st ODI:

India VS Australia
Travis Head is at the peak of his career. He played a great inning in his last ODI. IMG SRC: CA

The Aussies are trying to get their combination of all-rounders in place. They have a big pool of all-rounders. Labuschagne, Maxwell, Stoinis, and Marsh are all great all-rounders. But can they play them all and still have Steve Smith in the batting order? David Warner is yet to join the team, so even his absence needs to be taken into account. Travis Head had a dream ODI series against England, so he cannot be dropped either. Cameron Green can be their opener in absence of Warner. They have a problem of plenty. They also have to figure out their front-line spinners in the India VS Australia ODI Series.

Australian Squad:

Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Expected Playing XI:

Travis Head, Cameron Green, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh/Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar. 

Dream 11 Prediction for India VS Australia 1st ODI:

KL Rahul India VS Australia
KL Rahul can revive his ODI career in absence of Rishabh Pant. IMG SRC: LSG.

Travis Head, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Mitchell Marsh, KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell (VC), Hardik Pandya (C), Pat Cummins, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Mohammed Siraj.

KL Rahul is expected to be the best batter for India. Travis Head will have a good day with the bat for Australia.

Venue, Timings, and Broadcasting:

The game will be played at the Indian home of cricket, “Wankhede Stadium”. The pitch is a red soil pitch. The ball comes nicely onto the bat. The hard hitters will love this pitch as it is mostly a patta pitch with limited to no help for the pacers. Spinners will come into play in the afternoon when the pitch gets dry. Dew will also be a factor to consider as the ground is beside the sea.

The game begins at 1:30 pm. The official broadcaster for the game is Star TV Network. The game can be viewed on any channel of the Star TV Network. The game can also be live-streamed on Hotstar.

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