Last Update on: September 24th, 2023 at 11:14 am
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has predicted one expected change in the Indian playing XI heading into the second ODI against Australia. India won the first ODI by five wickets in Mohali on Friday.
India are leading the three-match series 1-0. The second ODI will be played in Indore which is a high-scoring venue. The last time India played in Indore was in January 2023 against New Zealand. They piled up a mammoth 389 on the back of centuries from Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. Shardul Thakur won the Player of the Match for his three wickets and his cameo with the bat scoring 25 off 17 balls as well.
Assessing the Indian playing XI, Chopra said that the Indian management might replace Jasprit Bumrah with Mohammed Siraj in the second ODI. Chopra further said that this is more like the management rotating their bowlers around. Shami is fresh off a fifer in the first ODI and is likely to play the second ODI.
Jasprit Bumrah Could Be Rested: Aakash Chopra
“I think Bumrah could be rested and Siraj comes in for him,” said Chopra on Bumrah. Bumrah along with Siraj and Shami played in the recently concluded Asia Cup. He ended the campaign with four wickets in four games.
The Asia Cup saw Bumrah returning from a stress fracture in his back. He was out of the team for almost a year and underwent surgery followed by rehabilitation and treatment. The management is thus keen on keeping him fresh for the World Cup.
“The idea from the team management is to rotate according to the conditions and the situation, or depending on the opposition. They know how to handle it and if you see, the recent results have been quite good. The rotation is going smoothly and before the World Cup, I don’t think anyone should be burdened a lot” highlighted Shami as he spoke about the thought behind the management to rotate the bowlers ahead of the World Cup.