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"The players involved in the series know that games become more exciting, and players are more pumped up to win games and outdo each other".

In the a year ago, India's top three batsmen have contributed 57.6% of the team runs, while Australia's top three have accounted for 54.5%. Finally with the debate ending, the team travelled up to Bangladesh for their first summer tour, a two-match Test series.

India will look to beat Australia in a bi-lateral series and thus register their fourth series win against the visitors.

Not a day passes without a spicy cricket story hitting the headlines, be it the pay dispute in Australia, the run-ins between cricket administrators in India or selling Television right of the Indian Premier League. Looking at No. 4, it is Manish Pandey or KL Rahul. 30 ODI hundreds already for Virat.

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With a calf problem ruling Aaron Finch out of the first few ODIs, Travis Head might be forced to open the batting, a position he is accustomed to, having opened for South Australia. Now we're backing Jinks at the top of the order. Does Ajinkya Rahane, who could open in Shikhar Dhawan's absence, have the ability to match modern scoring standards? Virat Kohli and Co have been nothing but phenomenal in demolishing a below-par Sri Lankan side.

Rahul's scores against Sri Lanka read 4, 17 and 7 in the three ODIs leading to his axing from the fifth rubber.

However, Rohit, the vice-captain, felt the team's "versatility" was its strength.

Geoff Marsh of Australia cricket team in action during the World Cup Group A match against Indian cricket team at MA Chidambaram Stadium on October 9, 1987.

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In between India's national selectors have snatched their time in the sun, resting, rotating or dropping players without taking them into confidence, thus sending them highly complicated and confusing signals.

After a long Sri Lanka tour, India's domestic season is about to begin. Ajinkya has opened in the West Indies. They have been a pretty successful team and I wouldn't say they are using the series as an experiment, I think it's about using it as an opportunity for cricketers. They have got Kuldeep Yadav in their squad and he is likely to play. Australia have struggled against most teams in the past. I'm sure no batsman will come into the fray thinking he is specialist opening batsman and needs to open the innings.

Head coach Ravi Shastri reiterated that Dhoni will be on the plane to England in 2019 and Singh believes it's unfair that a player, who has captained the national team to 2011 World Cup, 2007 World Twenty20 and 2013 Champions Trophy glory, would face such questions. Which is why we have the rotation policy going on, keeping in mind the tight schedule.

He said he wanted to get as much game time under his belt as possible."It is up to each individual how he wants to do it", Rohit said.

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Kohli, unlike Dhoni, has clearly stated that he isn't averse to experimentation.