Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma Attempts To Learn Floss Dance, Fails Miserably

India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma Attempts To Learn Floss Dance, Fails Miserably

India on Sunday named all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill as replacements for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya. Considering the enormity of this developing situation, it is unlikely that both Pandya and Rahul will be available for at least the first ODI.

"We played in India against the West Indies with a finger spinner and a wrist spinner". However, there is little doubt over his place in India's 15-member World Cup squad.

As such, his form has prompted much debate following a lean 2018 where he averaged 25 with a strike-rate of 71.42, without a half-century in 13 innings.

Before the match, Kohli had reiterated his belief that Rayudu was the right man to bat at number four.

The area where Rohit thought there was more need to take notice was around losing the three early wickets that left India well behind the game.

While he put in a more consistent showing than any of the other previously tried contenders, this run came in conditions different from those in England.

"But we have got Rayudu, who has done really well now at No.4". Former skipper Sourav Ganguly retired with 22 tons, while Sachin Tendulkar tops the chart with 49 centuries and is followed by current skipper Virat Kohli, who has smashed 38 ODI tons.Chasing an achievable 289 on a flawless batting strip, the visitors were off to a forgettable start, losing three quick wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan (0), Kohli (3) and Ambati Rayudu (0) with just four runs on the board.While Richardson accounted for the wickets of Kohli and Rayudu, debutant quick Jason Behrendorff trapped Dhawan leg before.The sudden fall saw Dhoni joining Rohit in the middle and the duo slowly and steadily rescued India from the early mess.

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India's ODI record in Australia is quite poor.

And there are bigger rewards ahead in a double World Cup and Ashes year.

The absence of David Warner (220 runs in three matches in 2016) and Steve Smith (315 runs in five matches in 2016) might help them again though, as also the absence of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, with the trio rested from this series.

Dhoni made 51 off 96 balls in the first ODI against Australia at the SCG.

Khawaja scored 59 during his first ODI in nearly two years, fellow recalled batsman Handscomb top-scored with 73 while Marcus Stoinis smacked an unbeaten 47 off 43 balls. When he carved Bhuvneshwar to the deep it brought Glenn Maxwell to the crease with 16 balls of the innings remaining, and he scored 11 runs off the five balls he faced.

With the match being played in Sydney where the pitch assists the slower bowlers more than the pacers, India might be tempted to play three spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jadeja in the first ODI.

Match starts 7.50 am IST.

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