India will be playing a three Match ODI Series against Australia . After this Covid-19 situation Indian Team is all set to resume their International Series from November 27 2020.It would be the end of long wait for Indian Cricket Fans who were waiting to see their Team back in the battle against Australian Team .
But , there are few setbacks in this Series for Indian Team , Rohit Sharma absence will make a huge impact in the Team as he is one of the leading Run Scorer against Australia especially in ODI and T20 format.Also, previously when India Played ODI against New Zealand in Feb 2020. Both Prime Openers Rohit and Dhawan missed the Series which in turn resulted in whitewash.New Zealand won the three ODI games against India .His absence in the Indian Team created a heavy competition for the other openers to seat their place in the squad.
Shikhar Dhawan who wasn’t part of the previous ODI Squad against New Zealand due to Injury.He will be one opener in the ODI format but the challenging question was who will be the second opener .In the absence of Rohit Sharma, it will be important to see who opens the batting along with the left-hander Shikhar Dhawan in the conditions like Australia. It is very difficult to match the performance of Rohit Sharma in Australian Condition, But if any of these player scored an Century , it will become healthy competition in future for opening Batsmans in ODI format.Here we will list out the possible players who have the capacity to replace Rohit Sharma in the ODI Series to play along with Shikhar Dhawan
1) Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw made his ODI-Debut in New Zealand ODI Series and did not perform as expected in those matches scoring only 84 Runs in the 3 -Match ODI Series . Also with his recent form in the IPL, it will be difficult for him to get into the Playing XI . But he will be one of the options for the team for the opener . From our perspective he has a 50% chance to get into the Playing XI combination as an opening option to replace Rohit Sharma.
If India wants to try out a youngster then they have the option of Shubman Gill. The 21-year-old had a decent IPL opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders as he scored more than 400 runs and his consistent batting in IPL opens the way for his International Cricket Career and surely he will be the next big thing for Indian Team.He is a tall batsman and had good technique of playing against bouncers , also Gill has played only two ODIs before in which he scored only 16 runs, but it is a very small sample size to judge any players. If Gill gets an opportunity, he will face the challenge of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins with the new ball which won’t be an easy task. But if you want to be the best then you have to play against the best. Dhawan and Gill could be one of the opening combinations India could think of for this series.If he succeeds in these kind of big challenges , he will get experience before 2023 World Cup in India, it is important for the team to develop the young batsmans for next generation .From our perspective, Gill might have 80% chance to open the game against Australia.
KL Rahul is an opener for T20 format for Indian Team and we have all seen what he does when he opens the batting. Rahul even opened the batting in place of Shikhar Dhawan in the World Cup 2019 and performed well. But in the last couple of series, the team management has decided that Rahul is their next wicket-keeper to get strong balance in the lower middle order with the batting line up of KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya and Jadeja .In the ODI series against New Zealand, both the regular openers were missing but still, Rahul didn’t open, and he batted at No.5 where he performed really well.He was one of the option but there is not chance for KL Rahul to play as an opener in the ODI format.
Shikhar Dhawan along with Mayank Agarwal could be the combination which the Indian team might think of to start off with. Mayank Agarwal had a really good IPL as he scored a lot of runs opening the batting. Agarwal has a solid technique and has faced Starc and Cummins before this in the Test series.Agarwal has played three ODIs for India like prithvi shaw against New Zealand but failed to impress in that series against New Zealand. He might get a second opportunity in this series as he is in good touch in white ball with his recent IPL performance . Also , in the recent Intra squad match under Virat Kohli Dhawan and Mayank played as an opening combination for the team .For KL Rahul’s Team , the two youngsters (GIll & Shaw ) played as opener .From our prediction , he will get enough game time in this series and will be the right choice to replace Rohit Sharma as an opening batsman, but if he fails to score in two matches, it will open the gate for the two youngsters especially big chance for Shubman Gill.