IND vs AUS: Another century on cards? PCA prepares run-feast pitch for homeboy Shubman Gill
IND vs AUS 1st ODI will be played on Friday at PCA Stadium in Mohali.
IND vs AUS 1st ODI, which is set to be played on Friday at PCA Stadium in Mohali, will be a special game for Indian opener Shubman Gill. Notably, this will be the first time the young batter will be playing at his home venue as an India international. While the fans will be hoping to see another special innings from the Shubman Gill, it seems pitch curators are also want to see their homeboy succeed in front of his home crowd.
Ahead of the first ODI, a picture of the PCA pitch surfaced online. The pitch looks like a batting paradise with enough grass to hold the surface together. The shine on the pitch suggests that the first ODI will likely be a high-scoring affair.
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Indian opener Shubman Gill has been in sensational form in 2023, scoring 1052 runs in just 18 innings with an average of over 70.
PCA Stadium has always been a paradise for the batters. Among the last five matches played at the this venue, the highest total has been 392 runs. In contrast, the remaining matches had similar scores in the second innings, indicating that chasing is preferrable option on this venue.
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Gill has played IPL matches at this venue and has enjoyed a stunning record at his home ground. In 2 IPL innings played on this venue, the 24-year-old amassed 132 including two half centuries with an average of 132.
He will be hoping to replicate the same performance in blue jersey as well to get Team India to a winning start against a strong Australia.
India squad for 1st & 2nd ODIs
KL Rahul (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
For 3rd ODI: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya (VC), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel (subject to fitness), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj