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With Shikhar Dhawan as the second opener, Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill may get a chance.
Team India is going to play the first match of the 3-match one-day series against Australia from 27 November. Shikhar Dhawan is the first choice of the team management for the opener due to his superb form in the IPL. In such a situation, the team management may have to take a dig at the second opener. Both Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill are currently in this race. Both did well in the IPL.
At the same time, Lokesh Rahul can also play the role of opener. He is in excellent form and has also opened for the team due to Dhawan’s injury in the World Cup last year. He was also successful here, but the team management is considering to bat him in the middle order as well. Rahul will also be seen doing wicketkeeping.
Mayank and Shubman score 400+ runs in IPL
Mayank Agarwal scored 418 runs in the season for Kings XI Punjab. During this he also scored a magnificent century. At the same time, Shubman Gill scored 440 runs in the season for Kolkata Knight Riders. At the same time, Lokesh Rahul scored the highest 670 runs in IPL 2020.
On Sunday, coach Shastri spoke to Gill
Team India coach Ravi Shastri had a lengthy conversation with Shubman Gill on Sunday. He shared a photo with Gill saying that there is no break in good conversation about cricket. Since then, the discussion of Shubman Gill’s name as the second opener is gaining momentum.
New Zealand was defeated in the last one-day series
India played the last one-day series in New Zealand, where they lost 3–0. Mayank Agarwal was fielded as an opener in this series. However, Mayank could not do anything special during this time.
9 players almost certain to play
In the first one-day, 9 players of Team India are almost certain to play. It includes Shikhar Dhawan, captain Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jaspreet Bumrah. At the same time, Mohammed Shami can handle fast bowling attack with Navdeep Saini. Team management can give opportunity to Shardul Thakur for Shami and Bumrah to focus on the test.
The tour will begin with one-day matches
The tour of Australia will begin with the ODI series. The first two one-day matches will be played in Sydney on 27 and 29 November. The final will be played in Canberra on 2 December. The T20 series will be played in Sydney and Canberra. The first T20 match will take place on 4 December in Canberra. After that the team will return to Sydney. The remaining two matches will be played there.
Test matches will be played from December 17
The first Test between the two teams will be Day-Night in Adelaide. It will be played from 17 to 21 December. The second Test will be played in Melbourne from 26 to 30 December. The third Test will take place in Sydney from 7 to 11 January and the fourth Test in Brisbane from 15–19 January.