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India Playing XI vs ZIM: IND vs ZIM 1st ODI LIVE: Rahul Tripathi is finally set to make his debut for the…

India Playing XI vs ZIM: IND vs ZIM 1st ODI LIVE: Rahul Tripathi is finally set to make his debut for the Men in Blue in the India vs Zimbabwe first ODI at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. The match will also mark the return of KL Rahul, who will lead the team, as opener alongside Shikhar Dhawan. Shubman Gill who made a successful return to the opener’s slot will have to drop down to the middle order. Follow India vs Zimbabwe Live Updates with InsideSport.IN

With senior players rested, the ODI series provides a wonderful chance for to youngsters to create an impression. Under VVS Laxman, there will be chances for Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan to impress as well as they will fight for a place in the top-order.

India Playing XI vs ZIM: Rahul Tripathi likely to make India debut, KL Rahul to open, Shubman Gill to feature middle order in IND vs ZIM 1st ODI, Follow India vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI LIVE Updates

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India Playing XI vs Zimbabwe: Rahul Tripathi to make India debut, KL Rahul to open, Shubman Gill in middle-order, Follow IND vs ZIM 1st ODI LIVE

India Playing XI vs ZIM: Rahul Tripathi likely to make India debut, KL Rahul to open, Shubman Gill to feature middle order in IND vs ZIM 1st ODI

Tripathi will be the biggest benefactor from the seniors’ absence. He was named in the India squad for Ireland, and did not play any game. So when his chance arrives at Harare, the right-hander, who has been a wonderful scorer in IPL and domestic cricket, will be eager to get his game going in international cricket too.

India Playing XI vs ZIM: What will be team combination against Zimbabwe?

  • The biggest headache for the Indian management will be Shubman Gill’s batting position.
  • He did well in the last ODI series against West Indies, but demoting him down the order seems to be the best choice with KL Rahul back in the squad.
  • Rahul will head to Dubai for Asia Cup and he needs to have as many match practice as possible before the Pakistan match.
  • Rahul hasn’t played any competitive cricket since IPL 2022 due to sports hernia surgery and then Covid-19.
  • The middle order is too crowded once again.
  • Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi will have to compete for places.
  • As things stand, one of them will miss out and it will be between Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.
  • Although Samson has had a decent run in ODIs, the same cannot be said about Ishan Kishan.
  • Kishan has played only three ODIs and the last one was in February against West Indies.
  • In bowling, Deepak Chahar will make his return to cricket after five months.
  • Amongst spinners, both Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel are certain to make the Playing XI.

India Playing XI vs ZIM: Rahul Tripathi likely to make India debut, KL Rahul to open, Shubman Gill to feature middle order in IND vs ZIM 1st ODI

India Playing XI vs ZIM 1st ODI:

  1. KL Rahul (C)
  2. Shikhar Dhawan
  3. Rahul Tripathi
  4. Shubman Gill
  5. Sanju Samson / Ishan Kishan (WK)
  6. Deepak Hooda
  7. Axar Patel
  8. Deepak Chahar
  9. Kuldeep Yadav
  10. Prasidh Krishna
  11. Mohammed Siraj

India Playing XI vs ZIM: Rahul Tripathi likely to make India debut, KL Rahul to open, Shubman Gill to feature middle order in IND vs ZIM 1st ODI

India Playing XI vs Zimbabwe: Rahul Tripathi to make India debut, KL Rahul to open, Shubman Gill in middle-order, Follow IND vs ZIM 1st ODI LIVE

KL Rahul is a regular opener and with Asia Cup coming up, he needs to be eased into that role. As a result, Gill can feature in the middle order. There have been enough suggestions that the team is also preparing him for that role in the ICC World Cup in the 50-over format for next year.

As far as wicket-keeper is concerned, Sanju Samson is expected to get the nod ahead of Ishan Kishan in the first ODI. The latter is also expected to get some game time in the series. Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar are going to play a central role as bowling all-rounders.

In the spin department, Kuldeep Yadav will be keen to make an impression with T20 World Cup coming up in October. A fine display in Harare and he can provide another back up option for the team management. Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj will be their key pace duo in Hazare for ODIs.

India’s squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (Captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Subhuman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

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