Team India registered a sensational 8 runs victory in the 2nd ODI against Australia to take a 2-0 lead in the 5 match series. It was a brilliant final over from Vijay Shankar as he defended 11 runs and bagged the two required wickets to help India clinch a nail-biting thriller. The home team has been winning all ODI series irrespective of the fact whether they are touring or playing in their home conditions. Apart from a 2-1 series defeat in England, the Men in Blue have won series in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
With the World Cup just around the corner, the Indian think tank might be tempted to experiment with a few players in the next match. The home team will get only 3 matches before the World Cup to get their combination right. Vijay Shankar who played a vital role in India’s victory yesterday might have booked a place for the 2019 World Cup. In all likelihood, Hardik Pandya will return to the squad. However, after his impressive performance, it won’t be easy to overlook him for the quadrennial event.
With India looking to chop and change a few players, here are 3 possible changes which India might make in the 3rd ODI
Yuzvendra Chahal in for Kuldeep Yadav
The wrist spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has been exceptional for Inia in the last two years. They have played a huge part in helping India win almost all the ODI series in recent times. However, India has not picked Yuzvendra Chahal in the first two matches of the ongoing series. Though they are the two best spinners in the limited overs format, Ravindra Jadeja’s exceptional fielding abilities and batting skills have kept him in the scheme of things for the World Cup.
Kuldeep Yadav has already proven himself in the first couple of matches. Now its time for the management to give a chance to Yuzvendra Chahal in the 3rd ODI. Kuldeep will be part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad and will look to continue his exceptional wicket taking prowess in the IPL. Chahal, on the other hand, has been a lethal weapon for India and in all likelihood will be part of the playing XI in the 3rd ODI in Ranchi.