Indian Cricket Team for First Three ODIs Against Australia

Australian cricketer Aaron Finch

Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, on rotation basis, missed the limited overs series in the recent Sri Lanka tour.

"But if I were a captain, I would definitely make Ashwin and Jadeja play in the Australia series at home", said the ex-Indian skipper who scored almost 2,500 runs in one season in the early 1990s during his county stint.

Prasad further added that Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal have been awarded an extended run courtesy their good performance on the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour. The tour begins with a practice match on September 12.

In place of Ashwin and Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been rewarded for their showing in Sri Lanka and have bee retained in the 15-man squad. Both were particularly disappointing in the final against Pakistan at The Oval - giving away 137 runs in 18 overs without taking a wicket.

Kohli is obviously a very good player and has a phenomenal ODI record.

The effort of the spinning trio earned a lot of praise from the Indian captain - Virat Kohli, "These guys were brilliant, all three of them".

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His opportunity, to no less extent, was made possible by the resurgence of spinners like Kuldeep and Axar. He varied his pace, I think it was outstanding; he didn't let the batsmen get on top of him.

However, Sportstar understands that the team management in consultation with the selection committee may have preferred to look for options beyond Ashwin for white-ball cricket. "As I said, we don't want to be predictable in any way and we want to have an X-factor if possible with the bowling attack as well". Head coach Darren Lehmann has flown back to Australia after the Bangladesh series and his assistant David Saker would take charge of the team for the ODIs and T20s against the Indians.

"We have been following the India-Lanka series in bits and pieces", he said.

But then, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav are there too and only one of them could ideally slot in, which would mean there is no room for Rahane.

Though the selectors refuse to admit it, it does appear that both Ashwin and Jadeja seem to be paying the price for a below-par showing in the ICC Champions Trophy in England. The 28-year old also scored his maiden T20I fifty versus Sri Lanka in Colombo. It's always a hard-fought contest against India and we're excited by the challenge. The highly successful off-spinner in Tests has achieved little success in coloured clothing over the last couple of years. The emergence of Umesh Yadav, Moammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and young speedster Jasprit Bumrah have put India on the map among those nations which boast of some good pacers.