The Indian team will be facing off against the Australian team in a series of three ODI matches. The first match will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on January 14.
Team’s batting coach Vikram Rathour was present to address the media a couple of days before the first match and was asked about what will be the team’s opening combination for the first match. Rohit Sharma makes his return to the team, while Dhawan and Rahul did well against Sri Lanka lately.
"It's a good dilemma to have. Rohit is an obvious choice of course. Both of them (Shikhar and Rahul) are playing well. Shikhar has done well in one-dayers and Rahul is in great form. So, we'll deal with it when we have to," Rathour said.
"There are still a couple of days to go. The management will sit down and make the choice," he told reporters ahead of the first ODI against Australia.
Rathour was also asked about the relevance of an ODI series in a T20 World Cup year. "It's a different format and cricket is a game of confidence. So, as a batter and bowler, especially when you are playing against a team like Australia, who is one of the better teams in the world, performances do make a difference. It gives you a lot of confidence. We'll take it like any other series and playing against one of the better sides in the world, we are looking to do well as a team, looking to perform and win if possible,” Rathour said.
The second ODI will be played in Rajkot on 17 January and the third in Bengaluru on 19 January.