Sydney: Indian team management will consider the ideal opening combination for the upcoming ODI three-game series against Australia, with a draw between Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill for the opening second place on the cards .
The series opens on November 27.
The visiting Indian team have been training for over a week now and if the main goal is to keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, winning the white ball matches will certainly boost their confidence.
For skipper Virat Kohli the key will be getting the right combination in matches over 50, which currently have low priority for next year with a final spot for the Test World Championship and the World Cup. T20 in mind.
The last ODI series India played in New Zealand was a nightmare for the “Men In Blue” who lost 0-3.
Agarwal has played all three games in New Zealand with little success, but that wouldn’t count for little as it did eight months ago.
With Shubman also in the mix, it will be a call that coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli will have to take given the SCG’s terrain and the Australian attack.
Shastri on Sunday had a lengthy one-on-one conversation with Gill after the latter’s batting session.
“Nothing beats a good talk about the big game,” Shastri tweeted with a photo of himself and Gill where the Punjab youngster was seen listening to the head coach with rapt attention.
– Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) November 22, 2020
There wasn’t much of a difference in form between Gill and Agarwal in the recent IPL. KKR’s opener scored 440 points while KXIP’s Agarwal had 418 points in his kitty.
At least nine players select themselves in the first XI for the ODI.
Fit Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli Skipper, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul wicket keeper (another opening option), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah are automatic picks.
While Mohammed Shami may start in the first ODI with India’s current fastest launcher Navdeep Saini for the company, there is a chance that Shardul Thakur could get a look if the Indian team management decides to back down. rest among Shami and Jasprit Bumrah watching their workload. .