New Delhi. The three-match ODI series between India and Australia is going to start from Friday i.e. 22nd September. For this, players of both the teams have reached Mohali and preparations are going on. Meanwhile, most of the questions are being raised about what will be the playing eleven of Team India in the first match. This question is also because Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya will rest in the first two matches of the series, their return will be in the last match. A day before the match, Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid spoke to the media and talked about the team’s strategy. He also answered questions regarding Suryakumar Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Suryakumar Yadav will get a chance in the first ODI against Australia
First of all let’s talk about Suryakumar Yadav. Because he is continuously being given opportunities in the Indian team. It is another matter that till now Surya is not able to bat in the same way in ODI as he does in T20 and the fans are keeping their hopes high. Suryakumar Yadav is also in the team for the Australia series, but the question is whether he will be able to make his place in the playing eleven. In a way, Rahul Dravid has given the answer to this a day before the match.
Rahul Dravid said that we fully support Suryakumar Yadav, we are confident that he will change the situation in ODIs. He also said that he will get a chance in the first 2 ODIs. Regarding the rest of captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid clearly said that the decision to give rest to Kohli and Rohit was taken after mutual discussion, because the team wanted them to remain mentally and physically fresh for the World Cup.
Rahul Dravid said this about Ashwin
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin is being discussed the most because he is not a part of India’s World Cup squad. Not only this, he has not played ODI for the Indian team for a long time, but he has been called back once again for the Australia series. Regarding him, Rahul Dravid said that Ashwin’s experience is good for us, he can contribute with the bat at number 8 and if there was any injury problem, he was always in the plans. He said that Ashwin was already in our minds. He has proved himself many times.
After Akshar Patel got injured, we felt that he should be called, so we withdrew him. Dravid said that we have not played much ODI cricket in the last two-three years. Also, our entire team was not playing in the ODI. The Asia Cup was the first time in a long time that we were playing with our entire team. He says that everyone tries to ensure that your big players are prepared for big tournaments and big matches, which we got a chance in the Asia Cup and we also won the title.
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