Siraj To Be Rested Again, No Tilak Varma? India's Likely Playing XI For 2nd ODI Against Australia

India and Australia will square off in the second ODI of the three-match series in Indore on Sunday (September 24). India might not make a change in their playing XI. Mohammed Siraj is expected to be rested again while Tilak Varma will stay on the bench.
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Updated Sep 23, 2023 | 10:41 PM IST

KL Rahul

KL Rahul will continue to lead Team India. Photo: BCCI

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • India will face Australia in 2nd ODI on Sunday (September 23)
  • The match will take place in Indore
  • KL Rahul will once again lead Team India
With an eye on the series win, India will host Australia in the second ODI of the three-match series in Indore on Sunday (September 24). India kicked off the series with a five-wicket win in Mohali and a victory in the second game will see them clinch the series. A win for Australia will make the third game the deciding ODI.
KL Rahul will continue to lead the Men in Blue. An early series win will see him write his redemption story. It was against Australia earlier in 2023 that Rahul was sacked as the vice-captain and he could very well register an ODI series win against Kangaroos. As the teams gear up for the second ODI, here we have a look at India's likely playing XI -
Openers
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shubman Gill will continue to open the innings. The duo added 142 runs for the first wicket in the opening ODI. Picked over Ishan Kishan to open the innings, Ruturaj made the most out of the opportunity and scored 71 runs. By picking Ruturaj over Ishan for the opening job, the team management has confirmed that he will not get a chance to open in the World Cup.
Middle-order
Shreyas Iyer is expected to be backed and no change is expected in the middle-order. Iyer has yet to play a big knock since his comeback. While Iyer isn't expected to be dropped from the World Cup squad, he could lose his place in the playing XI if he continues to struggle with the bat.
All-rounders
Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur will be two all-rounders in the playing XI. Jadeja is the vice-captain for the first two ODIs. He will go into the World Cup as the lead all-rounder.
Bowlers
Mohammed Siraj is expected to be rested once again, which means that Mohammed Shami will retain his spot. Shami took a five-fer in the first ODI to add to the team management's headache. Shami is expected to be dropped once Siraj returns. But in Indore, Shami looks set to play once again. R Ashwin will retain his spot in the playing XI.
Team India's likely playing XI for 2nd ODI vs Australia: Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
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