Team India produced a phenomenal performance in the first ODI of the series against Australia on Friday, defeating the visitors by five wickets in Mumbai. Inviting the Aussies to bat, Team India were on target from ball one, bowling the Steve Smith-led side out on 188. Hosts, then, chased down the target with over 10 overs remaining as KL Rahul shined with an unbeaten 75-run knock. India did face an early scare when Mitchell Starc ran through the opening order, dismissing Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav early after Marcus Stoinis picked the opening wicket of Ishan Kishan (3).
Ishan had opened for the side in the absence of captain Rohit Sharma, who skipped the match “due to family commitments.” However, the left-handed opener failed to make the most of the opportunity, as he was trapped in front of the wickets by Stoinis in only the second over of the Indian innings. While Ishan might be rueing a lost chance, he would've likely been benched even if the youngster had produced a big knock in Mumbai, as Shubman Gill has established his place as a designated opener in the Indian ODI XI.