Let’s check out Key players for India in the ODI series. Shifting their focus completely to the ODI format of the game with the ODI World Cup in England looming on the horizon, the three match ODI series against Australia is the perfect way to begin preparations for the exhibition event for India.
The series offers the team management a chance to look at what will be the best combination for the world cup, which position is each players’ best fit in the side and the areas that need to be worked on. And skipper Virat Kohli has alluded to this, saying that with all the slots sealed for the world cup, the goal now is to identity the strengths and weaknesses of the side in this series and test out their best outfit.
“The fact we have not many games left before the World Cup and hence we want to play the side that more or less will feature in the World Cup. The exceptional case of Jasprit Bumrah being rested is purely because of the workload in the Test series. But apart from that I don’t think combination-wise we are going to look to tinker too much,” skipper Virat Kohli said prior to the first ODI against Australia.
The series also offers India a massive opportunity to improve a record in ODIs on Australian soil that doesn’t make for pleasant reading for Indian cricket supporters. Having won just 11 of the 48 matches the two have played in the country, Kohli knows that if his side can continue the momentum from the magnificent test series triumph.
the ODI trophy will be hurled high in the air by his side. Leading India’s charge to a series victory will be a set of key players who if they get firing can win a much single-handidly on their own merit.
We take a look at the men to watch out for from India’s camp in the three match ODI series.
Key players for India in the ODI series
We can’t remember the last time we wrote an article around the Indian cricket team and Virat Kohli didn’t feature in our list of key players for the unit. Such has been the imperative and ominous form India’s number 3 has enjoyed over the last year, seeing him take centre stage in matches played all over the world by the country.
Kohli is a player who doesn’t fear any pitch in the world owing to the massive skill set he possesses in his artillery. And he’s known to up his game even a notch up when the identity of the opposition in front of him is Australia and this a factor that will see the best of Kohli come out once again in the three one dayers. If he gets firing, no total is too big for the side and field is large enough to stop his effortless and lofty shots.
Having missed the last test match owing to the birth of his daughter, Sharma returns at the helm of India’s batting line-up for the ODI series. With 805 runs in 16 ODIS that include 3 hundreds and 2 fifties at a staggering strike rate of 90.44, Rohit Sharma is the highest scoring batsman in this batting unit on Australian soil in the fifty over format of the day.
India will be hoping Rohit continues this red-hot form of his come match day and takes on Australia’s bowlers in a flamboyant manner to not only negotiate the new ball successfully but also provide India with the perfect foundation to build on from. The opening partnership will be crucial to India’s hopes of piling on a 300 run plus totals especially given their fragilities in the middle-order of late and Rohit will be integral to ensuring that for the tourists.
The spinner is expected to be the mainstay of India’s all-rounder spot in the series and Kohli and company will be relying on his not only to trap the Australians with his guile and stinging off-spinners but to help stabilise and steady the lower middle-order as well. Given his knack of adding runs in the death overs and batting it out with the tail, Jadeja is an important cog of this Indian XI not just for this series but the world cup as well.
With the mercurial Jasprit Bumrah being given a rest for this series, the three matches offer Bhuvneshwar Kumar a golden opportunity to lead the Indian pace battery. Having missed out the end of 2018 due to injury, Kumar will be looking to get back in touch and acclimatise himself with the playing conditions and work burden ahead of the world cup that beckons the side in May.
Kumar is known for his impeccable line and length and the ability to get the ball to deviate away from the batsmen to bowl some real rippers. He’ll be looking to get into his rhythm soon into the series and trouble the Australian batting line-up to no ends.