India will square off against Australia in the first game of the three-match ODI series today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Hardik Pandya will lead the side for the series opener, as Rohit Sharma is busy attending his brother-in-law’s wedding and will join the team for the remaining two games.
With the regular skipper out, it also freed an opening spot, one of the most jam-packed positions in the team. Ahead of the first game, stand-in skipper Pandya spoke to the press, where he talked about the team combination and named the openers for the first game.
Pandya confirmed that in Rohit’s absence, Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill will open the innings for India when his side face Australia.
“Ishan and Shubman will open the innings. The wicket looks the same on which I have played for almost seven years.”
Pandya then talked about India’s approach for the series and said that the team will try to be a little brave, as they have been in the last couple of weeks.
“We will try to be a little brave in this series like we have been in the last two games. These bilateral series are a way to learn to play under pressure for knockout games.”