India and Australia are all set to once again lock horns in the three-match ODI series starting March 17 (Friday). The first ODI will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. While the visitors will miss their regular skipper Pat Cummins, the Men in Blue will also miss the services of regular skipper Rohit Sharma.
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While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) cited family commitments as the reason of his absence, the exact reason has not been revealed. The 35-year-old is currently attending his brother-in-law’s wedding and had informed about the same to the Indian board last month.
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However, in his absence all-rounder Hardik Pandya will lead the side in the first ODI of the series against Australia. It is to be noted that Rohit Sharma will be available for selection from the second ODI, which is scheduled to take place at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA -VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
India squad for ODI series:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, K L Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (Vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Jaydev Unadkat.
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