India vs Australia 2019 ODIs: India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma will be in a unique race in the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia. They will be chasing the record of the former batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar (8) has the maximum number of ODI tons in India vs Australia ties from both sides. While Rohit Sharma is one short of equalling the legend, Kohli has six centuries against the five-time World Cup champions Australia. Both the players have been in good touch and hence no one can write this beyond them. The two-star batsmen are very much in the race to pip Sachin Tendulkar.

Both the cricketers are the mainstays of the Men in Blue and their stellar performance over the last couple of seasons has been a major reason for India’s success in all formats. The two cricketers will have a lot riding on their shoulders during the World Cup later in the year in England.

Team India will continue its experiments to figure out the final pieces of a jigsaw puzzle called the ‘World Cup squad’ when the five-match ODI series against Australia starts in Hyderabad on Saturday. The team is slowly moving into the World Cup mode and even a 0-2 loss in the just-concluded T20 series won’t see any shift in plans as far as skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are concerned.

“Every team will look to fine-tune whatever they need to before the World Cup, and we’ll keep doing that in the ODI series too, but we still want to win every match we play,” skipper Kohli said after the Bengaluru T20 loss headlining his intention. There will be at least four players for whom the series will be like a ‘pre test’, a good score ensuring that they get ‘admit cards’ for the board exams. The four players in question are KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Siddarth Kaul, who are fighting for two available slots in that UK bound 15-member squad.