1st ODI: Former India captain MS Dhoni has another landmark in his sights when India take on Australia in the 1st ODI at SCG. MS Dhoni is making a comeback in international cricket after a very long time and is just one run away from reaching the 10000-run-mark in ODI cricket. If that happens, he becomes the fifth Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, and Sourav Ganguly. Dhoni was sidelined from the T20I series, which wiped out in a rain by 1-1. His replacement Rishabh Pant gave the expected results and had a fairy-tale Test series. So, this series is crucial for Dhoni as he would like to make a strong case for himself for the upcoming World Cup.
India captain Virat Kohli who has been in ominous form also has a record in his sight when India take on Australia at SCG, like MS Dhoni. Kohli might also start his New Year by reaching another milestone in his ODI career, as he is just 51 runs shy of reaching the mark 6,000-run-mark in ODI runs away from India. By doing so, he will become the 5th Indian batsman to achieve this, which include the list of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, and Azharuddin.
Meanwhile, India will look to continue the momentum after beating Australia 2-1 in the four-match Test series and becoming the first Asian team to do so.
Earlier, the hosts announced their Playing XI for the first ODI, with Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff making it to the side. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb along with Usman Khawaja would be the frontline batsman, whereas Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell will be the two allrounders. Here is the playing XI:
Australia XI: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (wk), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff.
Take a look at India’s probable playing XI:
India Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambai Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal