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Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer picked his playing XI ahead of the first ODI clash against Australia. Following the conclusion of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Men in Blue will engage in a three-match ODI series scheduled to kickstart on Friday, March 17.
Leading into the first 50-over clash, former cricketer Wasim Jaffer picked his set of players who could feature against the Aussies in the first ODI. Notably, his playing XI includes five batters, three all-rounders, two pacers and a lone spinner.
11:00 AM · Mar 16, 2023
“My India XI for first ODI: (Shubman) Gill, Ishan (Kishan) [wk], VK (Virat Kohli), Surya (Suryakumar Yadav), KL (Rahul), Hardik (Pandya) [c], (Ravindra) Jadeja, Washi (Washington Sundar), Kuldeep (Yadav), (Mohammed) Shami, (Mohammed) Siraj. What’s yours? #INDvAUS,” Jaffer tweeted.
For the unversed, regular skipper Rohit Sharma is set to miss the first ODI in Mumbai due to family reasons. Hardik Pandya will shoulder the responsibility of leading the side for the first One-Day game.
Final international outing before IPL 2023
The road for the 2023 ODI World Cup has begun and both cricketing powerhouses will look to make the most of the forthcoming series. Considering that the mega ODI event is on the horizon, the two teams will look to try the combinations to decide a core team just in time for the World Cup.
The Men in Blue play Australia at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, March 17. After the conclusion of the three-match ODI series, the players from both teams will head to their respective camps for the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The final ODI will be played on Wednesday, March 22 whereas the IPL is set to commence on Friday, March 31. Notably, Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans will kickstart proceedings against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
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