With two wins in the first two games, high-flying Team India will be keen to wrap up the ongoing five-match series when they take on Australia in the upcoming third One-Day International on Sunday (September 24). The Indian team has made it clear that it will experiment extensively to get the best-possible combination for the next World Cup but with a chance to wrap the series up in the next game, it is likely that the team management will not want to do too many changes to the team.
So here we are taking a look at the possible lineup with which India can take on the world champions in the upcoming game.
1. Rohit Sharma:
The 30-year old, who entered the series after highly successful outings in the Champions Trophy and in Sri Lanka, has not quite managed to live up to the expectations so far. After scoring 28 in the series-opener, he was dismissed for just 7 in the second game. The in-form opener will be keen to get back to his best.
2. Ajinkya Rahane:
After the failure in the first game, the right-handed batsman played a crucial 55-run knock on a tough Eden Gardens pitch. With Shikhar Dhawan not available for the third ODI too, he is likely to open again. Well, it will be another opportunity for the Test vice-captain to make his mark in the 50-over format.
3. Virat Kohli:
The India skipper finally managed to do well against the team from Down Under. After a forgettable Test series earlier this year where he managed to score just 46 in 3 Tests, he had started the ODI series on the same dismal note, getting out for a duck. However, he got back to his best at the Eden Gardens, scoring a brilliant 92 to help India post a challenging total
4. KL Rahul:
The Test opener had lost his place in the playing eleven after managing just 28 runs in 3 innings in the last ODI series against Sri Lanka. However, his replacement Manish Pandey, who had impressed in Sri Lanka, has failed to get going in the ongoing series. Pandey’s scores in the first two games are 0 and 3 and he is looking likely to make way for Rahul.
5. Kedar Jadhav:
Jadhav also looks set to maintain his place in the playing eleven after playing handy knocks of 40 and 24 in the first two games. But at the same time, he will be keen to score to get the pressure off himself.
6. MS Dhoni:
The in-form veteran batsman had a rare off-day at the Eden Gardens earlier this week when he was out for just 5. However, he made amends for it with a stunning show behind the stumps, stumping Glenn Maxwell brilliantly before taking a razor-sharp catch which gave Kuldeep Yadav his maiden ODI hat-trick.
7. Hardik Pandya:
The man of the moment had an decent outing in Kolkata. The Baroda allrounder, who had played a 66-ball 83 runs knock in the series-opener, played a handy knock of 20 runs and took a couple of wickets including the prized scalp of Steve Smith in the second ODI.
8. Kuldeep Yadav:
The chinaman spinner further pressed his claim for a regular spot in the playing eleven with a stunning hat-trick at the Eden Gardens which paved the way for India’s 50-run win. At 148 for 5, Australia were well into the game before Kuldeep dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins on consecutive deliveries to put the tie in India’s favour.
9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar:
The right-arm pacer set the tone for the hosts by dismissing both the Australian openers- Hilton Cartwright and David Warner cheaply. Later, he wrapped up the innings by dismissing Kane Richardson to finish with the impressive figures of 3 for 9 off his 6.1 overs.
10. Yuzvendra Chahal:
After taking 3 wickets in the first game, the leg-spinner once again impressed with his bowling, taking 2 for 34 off his 10 overs. His economical bowling had choked the visitors in the middle overs and they ended up throwing away their wickets while trying to up the run-rate.
11. Jasprit Bumrah:
Bumrah had a rare off-day on Thursday (September 21) but he is more than likely to retain his place in the playing eleven. The Gujarat star could not pick up a single wicket and conceded 39 runs off his 7 overs.