- Abhijeet Srivastava
- bbc correspondent
The three match ODI series between India and Australia has started. Both the teams are face to face in the first match of the series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya is handling the command of the Indian team in this match. Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Australia, batting first, got all out for 188 runs in 35.4 overs. Opener Mitchell Marsh scored the highest 88 runs. While captain Steve Smith scored 22 runs, English also contributed 26 runs.
Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj took three wickets from India. Jadeja got two wickets. Kedar Jadhav and captain Hardik Pandya took one wicket each.
Both these teams are currently the top two teams in the ICC rankings and the ODI World Cup is also to be played in India this year. For this reason also this series is being considered very important.
Team India’s busy schedule
Apart from Mumbai (March 17), both the teams will play ODIs in Visakhapatnam (March 19) and Chennai (March 22).
The Indian team has played six ODIs so far this year and is now playing three matches in this series against Australia.
After that India has to play ODI match with West Indies and then there will be Asia Cup.
After that ODI series will be played with Australia again in September. While the ODI World Cup is to be played in the month of October-November.
At the same time, after this series, Indian and Australian players have to play in IPL as well.
Big challenge in front of Kangaroo team
The Indian team has won the Border-Gavaskar Test series 2-1 from Australia and spinners dominated the Test series.
Although ODI matches are played in a different way than Test matches, but spinners will be a challenge for the Kangaroo team here too.
Well, the manner in which the Australian team drew the last Test match, it is expected that (more than half) of its players have been set for the pitches here.
Also, white-ball specialists Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Sean Abbott, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Josh English and Ashton Agar have joined the Australia team for this series.
Many of these players also have good experience of Indian pitches, so the team is looking strong.
Smith is captaining after five years
Australia’s regular captain Pat Cummins has returned due to the death of his mother.
In his place, Steve Smith captained in the third and fourth matches.
Australia won the third match while the fourth test was a draw.
Smith is captaining Australia after five years. In the last match played under his captaincy in January 2018, Australia had to face defeat at the hands of England.
On the other hand, in the 10 ODIs in which he captained Australia against India, he had to face defeat in five of them.
Challenges before the Indian team
On the other hand, the Indian team entered the first ODI without its regular captain Rohit Sharma.
Rohit is not playing the first ODI due to family reasons.
Hardik Pandya is handling the captaincy in his place. On the other hand Shreyas Iyer is also out of the series due to back injury.
Players like Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant are not already in the team. That is, the Indian team has landed without regular opener, middle order batsman, wicketkeeper and top bowler.
In such a situation, where the command of fast bowling is being handled by Mohammad Siraj and experienced Mohammad Shami, he has got the support of bowlers like young Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Undkat.
At the same time, Kuldeep Yadav, Akshar Patel, Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal are handling the spin department along with Ravindra Jadeja.
This record is likely to be made
In batting, where everyone’s eyes are on Shubman Gill, who has scored a double century and two centuries in the last four ODIs, KL Rahul will also not want to miss the opportunity to make his place in the team.
Shubman has also scored a century in the Ahmedabad Test match against Australia.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli, who showed signs of returning to form by scoring an unbeaten 166 in the last ODI against Sri Lanka, scored a century in Ahmedabad as well.
He needs only 191 runs to score 13,000 runs in ODIs.
If Virat’s bat works, then this record can be made in this tournament.
Among cricketers who have scored more than 5,000 runs, Kohli is the only batsman who averages 57 in ODIs.
At the same time, the king of T20 cricket Suryakumar will also be under watch during this series.
So far, only 433 runs have come out of his bat in 18 ODIs with two half-centuries and an average of 28.87.
This series will be important for Suryakumar to prove his worth in ODIs.
Captain Rohit Sharma definitely scored a century in the first Test against Australia, but after that only 122 runs came out of his bat in five innings.
However, before that this year, Rohit has scored 83, 17, 42, 34, 51 and 101 runs in six ODIs.
If Rohit is seen in form in ODIs, the eye will also be on Ishan Kishan, who had scored a double century against Bangladesh in the month of December, but has scored only 5, 8 and 17 not out since then.
If we look at the statistics of the ODI matches between the two teams so far, then the Kangaroo team looks very heavy.
Out of the 143 ODIs played between the two teams, the Kangaroo team has won 80 matches, while the Indian team has been able to win only 53 matches.
India, however, seem to be in a slightly better position on their home pitches, as they have won 29 out of 64 matches played here, while Australia have won a further 30 matches.
These are the figures from 1980 till now, but if we talk about the last 20 matches since 2017, then the Indian team is ahead of 12-8 there.
On the other hand, talking about the performance of both the teams in the recent past, where the Indian team has won the last two series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka by a margin of 3-0.
At the same time, the Australian team has also won the last two ODI series against England and New Zealand by 3-0.
The Australian team has lost only one out of the last 10 matches, while the Indian team has won 7 out of the last 10 matches.
On January 15 itself, the Indian team achieved its biggest victory in ODI history.
Then he defeated Sri Lanka by 317 runs.
What difference will an India win make to the rankings?
It was a matter of statistics. Now let’s talk about how one win loss is likely to reverse the ICC team rankings.
The upswing in the ranking will start from the win-loss in the first match itself.
If the Indian team starts with a win in Wankhede, then it will not only remain at number one, but its rating will also increase by one point.
Australia currently occupies the second position in the ICC ODI rankings.
In the event of India losing the first ODI, its rating will drop by two points and it will drop two places to fourth place.
If the series is decided in India’s favor by 2-1 or 3-0, then India will not only remain at number-1 but will see a big jump in its rating points.
In the event of Australia losing the series, New Zealand and England will benefit.
The team will reach the second and third position in the ODI rankings.
However, if Team India loses in Wankhede, then it will have to hand over its number-1 crown to Australia for the time being.
On the other hand, if Australia wins this series 3-0, then it will not only reach number one, but in such a situation India will suffer a big loss and will slip to the fourth position.
Overall, this ODI series will be important for both the teams to maintain or improve their rankings.
At the same time, with which team combination she will field in the World Cup, this is also a chance to try it.
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