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IND vs AUS 2023: Hardik Pandya disclosed opening pair for first ODI

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Stand-in captain Hardik Pandya has disclosed the opening pair – Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan – for the first IND vs AUS 2023 ODI, to be played in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

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Hardik Pandya told the reporters on Thursday,

“Ishan and Shubman will be opening the innings. The wicket looks how it does throughout the year. I have been playing here for almost seven years. It is going to be challenging because this wicket will give equal opportunities to both sides.”

Pandya added,

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“We have to have faith in our strength and conditioning coaches. I am a guy who trusts his team. These calls of workload, who should play when, who should not play, that is completely on the guys who are professionals and it is their call.”

The stand-in captain’s announcement put an end to the debate about having Ishan Kishan or KL Rahul as Gill’s partner. Shubman Gill has been in sublime form lately, scoring 567 runs with three centuries in just six ODIs this year. His knocks even include a double century against New Zealand in Hyderabad. He showcased a phenomenal performance in the Tests as well, smashing a stellar 128 in the recently concluded fourth Test match against Australia.

Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has been in good form as well and smashed an ODI double-century in December against Bangladesh.

Moreover, KL Rahul has not been in great form lately, with merely two half-centuries in his last 10 ODI innings. Rahul was even dropped after the second Test against Australia in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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Pandya further added,

“All these guys are confident that if they miss out on some matches, then they miss out. It’s okay. That’s the confidence we have. If someone misses out because of workload management, this management has shown confidence and trust in the players. I think that’s the reason players who have gone out have come back with a lot of security.”

The second match will be played in Visakhapatnam (March 19), and the third match of the series will be played in Chennai (March 22).


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