The third and the final ODI against Sri Lanka could be very well the last chance for Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik in ODIs. Both Pandey and Karthik have made a comeback to the national side this year.
While Karthik came in when he replaced Pandey for the ICC Champions Trophy squad, Pandey too made a comeback to the side from injury when he shone in South Africa for India A side.
However, both of them have not been able to deliver in the opportunities provided to them while on the other hand, Shreyas Iyer has straightaway grabbed the opportunity in his first ODI series.
It is sure that only one of the Karthik and Pandey would retain his place when skipper Virat Kohli returns to ODI side during South Africa tour.
Subramaniam Badrinath, the former teammate of Karthik, has also opined the same thought and he feels that Pandey has to work on his technique,
“Iyer has made a strong case for himself while Pandey is a bit behind. Although Pandey has scored runs in domestic cricket, he has to work on his technique. I would like to see somebody – it can be Dinesh or Pandey or Iyer – being given a longer run. Yes, the entire team failed in Dharamsala. However, Karthik should have contributed in those trying conditions. The next game Iyer got a chance early and grabbed it. The competition is so high, every knock is critical from here on for these guys,” he told TOI.
Keeping in mind the future, Pandey might keep his place for the next tour, but if talking of experience, which will be needed in South Africa, Karthik might also get preference. There is an open competition between Karthik and Pandey for that spot, and the final contest will be a sort of test for these two to retain their place in the side.
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Though both are expected to retain their place in the T20I side as Indian team management will not carry an inexperienced side to South Africa.be
Coming to the India-Sri Lanka series, the third and the final ODI will be played today (December 17) in Visakhapatnam. No changes are expected as far as the batting lineup is concerned while in the bowling department, few changes are expected.
The series is at the level at the point with both the teams with a win each in their account.
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