Stand-in Skipper Hardik Pandya Reveals India’s Opening Combination For 1st ODI vs Australia

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India will be out on Friday without a regular captain Rohit Sharmawho will miss the game due to family commitments. Hardik Pandya will lead the home team in Rohit’s absence. The reserve captain confirmed a new opening pair for the home team in the first game. He said that if it’s going to be a couple Ishan kishan And Shubman carries, who will open the half for India. Notably, both players are in great form. Recently, the duo also achieved a double record in ODI format.

“Ishan (Kishan) and Shubman (Gill) will open the round,” Hardik Pandya said at the press conference.

The India vs Australia ODI series will kick off with the first match taking place on March 17 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

“What the game looks like throughout the year. I’ve been playing here for almost seven years. It’s going to be difficult because this match will give equal opportunities to both sides,” said Pandya.

After winning the Test series with a score of 2-1 against Australia, host India will aim to start the ODI series between the sides with an overwhelming score.

Australia captain Pat Cummins — who recently lost her mother — will also be absent from the series. It will be Steve Smith, who will lead the guests in Cummins’ absence.

India tops the ODI standings with a 114th rating, while Australia follows them in second with a 112. While the hosts look to consolidate their top spot, the visitors will aim to overthrow them.

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