India played the first ODI (One-Day-International) not to their potential. Picked Venkatesh Iyer not as allrounder and picked Shardul Thakur not as wicket taker. Virat Kohli batted not badly and scored a very good half century in the first ODI. He will play his game not as captain though, but there needs couple of good batters in place of hit-man Rohit Sharma. Couple of good bowlers needed to support Jasprit Bumrah. India to make 2 changes in playing 11 for tomorrow’s ODI likely. But at the last moment playing 11 will be picked by captain KL Rahul. Something went wrong in the first ODI. The playing 11 included Venkatesh Iyer in place of Suryakumar Yadav.
Suryakumar Yadav best fit in the conditions of Boland Park stadium in South Africa. He can play a long innings and also matured but not so experienced cricketer. Why played Venkatesh Iyer as a batter when KL Rahul opted not to use him as an allrounder. There’s fair chance for such technically sound and unorthodox players like Suryakumar Yadav. India to make 2 changes at least to comeback in the ODI series as second ODI is crucial. India needs couple of changes, which can help India to bounce back.
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rishabh Pant can’t play innings longer than scoring fifties. Two other good batters needed to support them. Also Jasprit Bumrah can’t bowl without a support to slow-down run-rate or pick wickets. Picking wickets to stop the flow of runs is good in ODIs. There’s some chance for any of the two playing teams to comeback in the middle overs.
ODI 2 of 3 at Boland Park on January 21. Time to start: 2: PM IST
What about India’s likely 11 for ODI 2
So far even without Mohammad Shami, India’s playing 11 looks strong on paper. But if Mohammed Siraj tried in place of Yuzvendra Chahal then it’s likely to be some good change. Playing two spinners will be good if both of them bowl better. Can’t rule out Yuzvendra Chahal, but he’s just a bowler and not an allrounder, and so Mohammed Siraj can take his place. Also Shardul Thakur didn’t bowled badly as a bowler though he did a bit as a batter. If at least two changes made for the next ODI then there maybe some good chance for India to comeback in the ODI series.
You can’t expect one or two players to take the game away from the opposition team’s hand. As a team effort India to make 2 changes in the next ODI will be helpful.
There’s a possibility that Mohammed Siraj likely to be played and also Suryakumar Yadav. A batters role for Shardul Thakur will be to come in at number four and play his shots freely. He can bowl good overs in the ODIs, but not more than 5 or 6. There needs a supporting allrounder to him or Venkatesh Iyer given another chance by dropping Shardul Thakur will be a bold decision. India never takes such bold decisions. However, two good changes in the playing eleven will be too good if bold decisions made. It will be a “do or die” match tomorrow for India.
If there’s no surprises and if India to make 2 changes not possible then it will be too late. A comeback in the ODI series will be possible even if the same playing 11 of the first ODI retained, but all players need to put a team effort.
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