India has entered the final stage of their preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. One of Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma's priority assignments has been to win the Asia Cup 2023 and they have done it in a dominating fashion demolishing Sri Lanka in the final of the continental competition. Now it is time to keep the reserves ready with injuries lurking around ahead of entering a competition that has a round robin format of ten league games. India will face Australia for a three match ODI series as the final set of preparations ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 starting from September 22. To get entire information of what will be India's likely playing XI against Australia in the 1st ODI at Mohali, read more.  Rahul Dravid, Indian Cricket Team Head Coach, Provides Reasons Behind Selection of Ravi Ashwin and Suryakumar Yadav Ahead of IND vs AUS 1st ODI 2023.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has been rested for the first two ODIs alongside Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav. This has opened opportunities of gametime for Ruturaj Gaikwad and Tilak Varma who can prepare themselves as ready injury reserves for the World Cup. Two off spinners are currently under radar with Axar Patel nursing a injury. Ravichandran Ashwin, as the experienced campaigner is likely to get the nod over Washington Sundar initially. Two batters who recently came off from injuries are Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. With the latter leading the side, both will look for some time in the middle to get in rhythm.

Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah has been in impeccable form since the Asia Cup 2023. With both available, there might be a temptation to rest and rotate either of them. Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Shami are the two who are set to partner them. Ravindra Jadeja is also struggling with his batting form and will fancy his chances with the bat ahead of a big pressure tournament. Another one who has been under the radar has been Suryakumar Yadav. Despite being backed on a constant, Suryakumar's bat has stayed silent and currently he is under massive pressure to prove his worth despite getting backed by the management.  Rahul Dravid Points Out Five-Fielder Rule As Major Reason Behind Lack of All-Round Abilities Of Indian Batters Ahead of IND vs AUS 1st ODI 2023.

India's Likely Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad,  Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (c, wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

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