India-Australia 1st T20: Who could be in the playing XI?
India and Australia will face each other in the first T20 of the three match series at Ranchi's JSCA International Stadium Complex. After winning the ODI series 4-1, India will look to continue their dominance in the shortest form of the game. Let us have a look at the probable playing XI for India.
The Indian skipper Kohli did not experiment much with playing XI in the five match ODI series against Australia, which led India to a phenomenal series win. Shikhar Dhawan could be seen opening the Indian batting, along with Rohit Sharma. However, with Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team, it will be a tough choice to select the death overs bowlers.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Indian team is on a high after the 4-1 win over the Australian team. Apart from that, India have a 9-3 record against the visitors in the T20 format. In the last encounter in January 2016, India had whitewashed Australia 3-0. With the emergence of players like Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav, Indian team has a right mix of both experienced and young players.
Australian captain Steve Smith suffered a minor shoulder injury during practice session on Thursday. While he was deemed fit for the upcoming T20 match, Smith has been troubled by the shoulder since the fifth ODI.