India vs Australia 2020-21 series: Ahead of the much-awaited series against Australia, the cricket lovers are keen to see who will open for India against Australia as 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma missing out on the limited-overs series due to his injury. With several exciting names for the top-order slots, let's find out Who will open for India in the first ODI against Australia - Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, or Shubman Gill. India vs Australia series includes three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests. The first ODI will be played tomorrow at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
If Virat Kohli's 'Men in Blue' will decide to not open with KL Rahul, they will need to find a partner for him, a few young talents came to mind in the form of Mayank Agarwal, Sanju Samson, and Shubman Gill. The newly made vice-captain KL Rahul gave an update on his role in the team on Wednesday. KL Rahul, who is in peak form in recent times gives a clear statement to the Indian team management that he should be that guy who will play an imminent role in the upcoming series with the Aussies, kick-starting from November 27.
Shikhar Dhawan, who become the first batsman to score back-to-back hundreds and put in vital contributions even as his IPL team DC top-order often collapsed throughout the tournament. Dhawan was brutal in IPL 2020. So, Dhawan's form will put him ahead of the other youngsters. Let's see what the team management will decide in the opening slots among all these for the much-watch upcoming series against the Aussies, kick-start with the ODI series tomorrow.
Mayank Agarwal, who generally opens with KL Rahul for his IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and scored 418 runs with a healthy average of 38.54, with a brisk strike rate as well.
KKR opener Shubman Gill scored 440 in 14 matches with a strike rate of 117.96. Though Gill hasn’t managed to add to his two India caps on the New Zealand tour of 2019, and it remains to be seen if India is willing to give either him or Agarwal a long run as a back-up opener keeping in mind the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
India vs Australia 1st ODI: KL Rahul give an update on his role
KL Rahul said that his batting order will completely depend on the format of the game and the demand of the situation. “Batting order will depend on the format I am playing and with what combination sits best for the team”.
"My batting position will depend on the format I am playing and what the team wants from me and what combination sits better, the last ODI series we played, I batted at number five and I kept the wickets so yeah, it is a role that I enjoyed and I am happy to play whatever role the team gives me," said Rahul in a virtual press-conference on Thursday.
"Look I haven't played a lot of 50-over cricket for a continued period of time, though I have been a part of the Indian team for a few years now, I have not gotten a continued run in the 50-over format like this, it feels good that I am contributing for the team," he added.
Virat Kohli's ''Men in Blue'' is currently in Australia to play three ODIs followed by three T20Is. After that, the four-match series will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Australia is on top of the standings while India trailing behind the Aussies after ICC released the new points formula for WTC a few days ago.