It was a tough loss for the Indian National Cricket Team on the other night at Visakhapatnam. They were very close to the victory but the brilliance of Jhye Richardson and Pat Cummins bailed out Australia from losing the game. With that Australia took an unassailable lead in the 2-match series, which means that India needs to win the 2nd game at any cost to draw the series. Meanwhile, we figured out 3 possible changes in the team.
Here are they:
3. Siddharth Kaul – in, Umesh Yadav – Out:
Well, after the poor show in the first T20I, India might give a game to Siddharth Kaul, who has been travelling with the team for a long time now. He got the skills of performing in T20I games and also got knuckleball in his armoury, which got better off many world-class batsmen.
On the other hand, Umesh Yadav himself slimmed his chances to retain his position in playing XI. The only thing, which can save the place of Umesh on the side is that he is aware of Bangalore conditions more than any other bowler in the team, as he plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL under Virat Kohli.
2. Shikhar Dhawan – in, Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant – out:
Well, it would be a bit harsh but with the series at stake, India might take that decision. Over the years, Shikhar Dhawan has been brilliant at the top for India. He scored runs more often than not for the team. If Dhawan gets the nod, KL Rahul will take a number 3 while Virat Kohli moves to number 4 thus leaving Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik.
If team management feels Dinesh Karthik as the finisher, Rishabh Pant needs to vacate his place. Or else, if they feel Rishabh Pant bring variety to the team then Karthik will be the unfortunate to miss out.
1. Vijay Shankar – In, Mayank Markande – Out
The youngster hasn’t made the most of his opportunity in the first game. Despite, he was decent with 31 runs in his 4 overs, he couldn’t give the breakthroughs for the team, which might push the management to bench him in the all-important clash.
In the meantime, they would ask Vijay Shankar to replace the youngster. Shankar showed enough maturity in his batting against New Zealand. Shankar can give the required flexibility to the team, which might push the team to take the call.