It has been a pretty one-sided affair in the first Test of India vs Windies 2018 series. With the current Windies standards, one can’t expect a cracking game in the second Test as well. However, the white-ball format can see a change, as Windies got some splendid players in their ranks. Meanwhile, India might once again use the series as a test for the youngsters. Probably, they would ask their top three players to take the rest for the ODI series.
Here are the top three players who might get rest in ODI series:
3. Jasprit Bumrah –
Gujarat fast bowler has become the trump card for the Indian team in the bowling department. He has been performing for the team across the formats. Irrespective of the conditions, Jasprit Bumrah, has been delivering the goods when it matters the most for the team.
Probably, India might rest him for the upcoming ODI series to prepare him for the series against Australia. He got the rest in Test tour, which might be continued in ODI series as well.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
The big name to get the rest is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He has been the regular member in the ODI side for a long time and the need to give him the rest has also arrived. With the Australian tour in line, the only chance for the selectors to try youngsters in the middle-order will be by resting MS Dhoni.
Mostly, India would prefer Rishabh Pant in place of MS Dhoni. Pant is in ominous form and got the calibre to make a mark in India’s struggling middle-order as well.
1. Virat Kohli:
Don’t get surprised if you won’t find the name of Virat Kohli on the teamsheet against the Windies in the ODI series. Without any ray of the doubt, Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the ranks for India.
Especially, with India touring Australia and followed it by the prestigious 2019 World Cup, the selectors are likely to ask Virat Kohli to hand captaincy duties to Rohit Sharma once again.
It also opens the options to check other batsmen to sort out middle-order issues.