The Indian team is set to kick start their Cricket World Cup campaign against the five-time champions Australia at the Chepauk. However, the Indian team have faced a huge setback as their in-form opener Shubman Gill has suffered from Dengue. Let’s talk about India playing XI vs AUS in the opening game of their World Cup run.
The hosts will be looking to start their World Cup campaign on a high note by defeating the contenders of the tournament. Both teams are equally balanced and loaded with quality all-round options in their squads.
Fans would be out there in numbers to support the men in blue for their first game of the World Cup 2023.
Shubman Gill ruled out from the opening game of the World Cup
The best batsman of the current Indian team Shubman Gill will be missing the first game of the World Cup against Australia on Sunday. The men in blue will surely miss the services of consistent Shubman in a much more important game against the Aussies.
The think tank will also look into who will replace Shubman in the opening position in the batting order. Ishan Kishan is likely to fill his void in the team as he has been exceptional while playing in the opening position.
India’s Predicted XI for CWC Opener
At the wicket of Chennai where the ball grips a bit more than other pitches in India, Rohit Sharma would be tempted to play the local boy Ravichandran Ashwin for his experience in bowling on this surface. However, the men in blue will have to make a tough call between Shardul and Ashwin considering the wicket-taking ability of Shardul Thakur.
As of now, India will be sticking with Ashwin as the condition will suit his bowling. One force change of Shubman Gill will also be one thing to ponder for the Indian side which might end on Ishan Kishan.
On the other hand, Australia will stick to the same 11 which they fielded in the recently conducted series against India.
India Playing XI vs AUS (Probable)
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
Australia Playing XI vs IND (Probable)
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood & Adam Zampa.