Unlike every other series, the current series between India and Australia is not entirely for winning the game. Both sides want to test their team balance ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. For same, both the sides made few interesting inclusions and exclusion to their squad. But, surprisingly, none of them is being tried out. Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra revealed his playing XI of both sides for 3rd ODI game.
The cricketer-turned-analyst quoted that there would be hardly any changes for both the sides going into the third ODI game. He termed India as the favourites to win the game, as Australia isn’t matching to the numbers registered by Indian players.
India is favourite to win the game – Aakash Chopra
In terms of experience, Aakash Chopra feels that Australia got only three players, who can match to India. The rest of the players are still fresh in their Jersey for Australian Cricket Team. He believes that India is clear favourites for obvious reasons.
“Australia have got just three batsmen in their squad who have crossed the 1000-run mark in ODI cricket – Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. No other player has scored 1000 runs or more apart from these three. Whereas if you take a look at the Indian team then you will find the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to replace Mohammed Shami:
Chopra further stated that it is a sad ending for Siddharth Kaul, who wasn’t even given a chance to prove his worth following the first T20I against Australia. The former Indian batsman further added that Bhuvneshwar Kumar should be brought into the playing XI in place of Mohammed Shami.
”The likes of Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and even Ravindra Jadeja have scored more than 1000 runs in ODI cricket. The tie is not equally matched and India are a bit stronger,” said Chopra in his latest video of Aakash Vani.
Further, he brought in Yuzvendra Chahal by replacing Kuldeep Yadav. He believes that India has seen enough of Kuldeep, now, it is time to give some match practice to Yuzvendra Chahal. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul once again asked to warm the bench. Maybe, in a remaining couple of games.
Aakash Chopra’s playing XI for third ODI:
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar. MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey