India vs Australia 2019: Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra picked his starting XI for the 1st T20I against Australia and MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant both find spots. Chopra has dropped KL Rahul from his XI in order to give the main openers more game time ahead of the World Cup. Mayank Markande also found a spot in his XI, along with Vijay Shankar. Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli are slotted straight back into the side as expected after missing out the majority of the New Zealand tour.

This is the last opportunity for the Men in Blue to finalise on their World Cup squad.

Aakash Chopra’s playing XI for 1st T20I vs Australia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mayank Markande

Meanwhile, former batting star Sanjay Manjrekar also picked his starting XI. Surprisingly, he left out former India skipper MS Dhoni.

Manjrekar’s likely XI: 

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar/Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Siddharth Kaul, Jasprit Bumrah

The match will take place at Vizag and it will start at 7:00 pm IST.


India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.