After two heavy-weight defeats will it be easy for Virat Kohli and Co. to pull one back in the third and the final ODI of the series?
The men in blue have really not had it easy since they’ve landed in Australia for a long summer post the IPL, the whole news going around the injury of Rohit Sharma has definitely created a negative impact in the dressing room, the extent of his injury was always unknown to the team management and the skipper Virat Kohli, who also expressed his grief regarding the same, talking to Cricbuzz, he stated, ”It said that the pros and cons and the implications of the injuries have been explained to him (Rohit Sharma) and he understood that. And he was unavailable for selection and that was the information that we got on mail before the selection meeting. After that he played in the IPL so we all thought that he’s going to be on that flight to Australia, which he wasn’t.
He also added,” And we had no information whatsoever on the reason why he’s not traveling with us. And after that, the only other information officially we’ve received on mail is that he’s in the NCA and he’s been assessed and he’ll be further assessed on 11th December.”
These uncertainties and various media stories doing the rounds, haven’t really helped the morale of the team and after the first two defeats the men in blue look absolutely down and out.
This has also been one of the most horrid performances for the India bowling attack including Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal & the debutant Navdeep Saini. The Indian bowling unit has conceded 763 runs in total including both the ODI’s. Yuzvendra Chahal gave away 89 runs in his 10 overs in the first ODI, the most conceded by an Indian spinner in ODI cricket.
So, the team management and the skipper Virat Kohli really have a task up their sleeves to keep the morale of the team up and try to win the final ODI of the series to get a win under their belt and carry on the momentum going into the 3 match T20 series, followed by the highly anticipated 4 match test series.
Some big and well-known people in the Indian cricketing fraternity foresee quite a few changes happening in the Indian Playing XI in the final ODI of the series. As India has already lost the series, it is a good opportunity for the management to give a chance to some new players who still might be hungry to go out there and perform well for the team.
A few senior bowlers like Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah who are a part of the squad across all 3 formats, their work loads need to be handled smarty by the management as they will be crucial in the test series, so definitely we might see a few changes happening in the team ahead of the 3rd ODI, which is going to be played in Canberra.
India Probable XI – Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, T Natarajan, Mohammed Shami.