Ind vs Aus ODI Series: Opening match to be played today

Henrietta Brewer
September 17, 2017

ODI rankings at stake - Despite Australia's current downfall in their standar of cricket in the ODI format, they are ranked higher than the Indians in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, but just by a mere decimal. It is impossible to gainsay the importance of the momentum in global cricket especially in this era.

Shikhar Dhawan has been released from the team for the first three ODIs to attend to his wife, who is unwell while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested. "If the wickets are the same, you need someone in the top four to make a really big score".

"You know people have been saying this for years and years", said Singh, who will open his RS Sports Academy in Dubai later this month. Kohli said they won't be treating any series differently. Looking at No. 4, it is Manish Pandey or KL Rahul.

The players' workload remains an ongoing conversation given the quantum of cricket India are playing in the immediate future: from September to December, they play 23 internationals - three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20Is - against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Chennai: Australia have wrapped Mitchell Starc, the most potent of their pace quartet, in cotton wool with their focus firmly on the upcoming Ashes.

Under unfortunate circumstances, which was basically the poor weather condition in England, Steve Smith's side, who were the potential champions, were shown the exit gate in the very league stage of the Champions Trophy. India and Australia are all set to renew their rivalry in the limited-overs format beginning with the first ODI here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. While the Aussies had a Test Series experience last time, New Zealand featured in both Test Series as well as limited overs cricket. However, the result of the series will be determined by the bowlers' performance as both teams have quality batsmen who can turn the game in their respective team's favour in a matter of few seconds.

0 players have scored more ODI runs than Virat Kohli (1,017) in 2017.

India last played an ODI against Australia at Chennai during the 1987 World Cup.

India will look to beat Australia in a bi-lateral series and thus register their fourth series win against the visitors.

"It won't be a one-sided series, Australia certainly won't be coming here to lose". India have won 6 out of 11 matches.

Note: N/R and abandoned matches are neglected.

"We are backing Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the order". Only Australia (868) and England (827) have played more.

India outdid Australia in the sides' previous ODI contests on the subcontinent, winning by a 3-2 scoreline, with 300 passed in nine out of the 10 completed innings.

478: Runs by Australian skipper, George Bailey, against India the last time they toured.

Australia: Seven each by Ricky Ponting (25 matches), Andrew Symonds (15 matches) and Shane Watson (14 matches).

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