Rohit Sharma‘s presence as the brand new chief, with a contemporary template to arrest the acquainted ‘middle-order muddl’, is strictly what the Indian group wants whereas ushering in a brand new period, which is able to start with the ODI collection in opposition to the West Indies, starting in Ahmedabad on Sunday. After a impolite actuality verify in opposition to a weak South African facet within the away collection, India at the moment are again in acquainted settings with a brand new ODI captain in Rohit, who will group up with illustrious Rahul Dravid and try to get India again to successful methods.
The series-opener is the historic a thousandth ODI for India, who wish to start their preparations for the 2023 World Cup after failing to win the coveted trophy in 2015 and 2019, and the group will certainly take a look at a paradigm shift in technique.
The ‘Rohit-Dravid’ duo over the course of the following few months will underline the ‘Men in Blue’s’ philosophy within the 50-over format after it turned clear that some rejigging is required as part of course correction.
Thus, the collection starting Sunday can be the right platform to give attention to setting their struggling middle-order proper.
Firstly, skipper Rohit, one of many best white-ball exponents, should lead from the entrance.
With KL Rahul unavailable within the first sport, and different specialist openers Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad each testing COVID-19 constructive, it is going to be Ishan Kishan who can be opening the batting with the skipper.
“Ishan Kishan is the only option we have and he will open with me,” Rohit stated on the eve of the series-opener.
“Mayank (Agarwal) was added to the squad and he is still in isolation. He came (joined) late and we have some rules in place. If someone is traveling, we have to put them in (mandatory 3-day) quarantine. He has still not finished his quarantine, so Ishan will open the interiors,” elaborated Rohit.
Rohit on his day can take any assault to cleaners and the West Indies’, quite inexperienced one, can be no exception and ditto for Kishan.
In the collection in opposition to South Africa, save Rishabh Pant’s knock within the second sport, the middle-order crumbled on all of the three events and the necessity of the hour is to have impactful gamers in it.
With Shreyas Iyer not out there for the collection, there’s a likelihood for aggressive Suryakumar Yadav and equally formidable Deepak Hooda, who has had an honest outing within the final Vijay Hazare Trophy, to impress the nationwide selectors.
Apart from two, rather a lot will rely upon how Virat Kohli performs.
India had tried rookie Venkatesh Iyer in an unfamiliar middle-order place in South Africa, however the experiment did not work.
In phrases of bowling, left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, is again to the ODI squad, and would likely be within the taking part in XI alongside along with his seasoned associate Yuzvendra Chahal.
The 27-year-old Kuldeep performed his final ODI in opposition to Sri Lanka in July 2021, and just lately recovered after present process a surgical procedure.
But the group administration has included younger Jodhpur-born googly bowler Ravi Bishnoi within the squad, and it will be fascinating to see if he will get a sport straight away.
In the absence of key pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who’ve been rested, the bowling unit is predicted to be led by ‘Palghar Express’ Shardul Thakur, who shone within the Johannesburg Test in opposition to South Africa.
It is the very best likelihood for Thakur, whose prowess with the bat was on show within the ODI collection in opposition to the Proteas, to cement his place within the facet.
Also, together with him, the collection gives an opportunity for younger bowlers like Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna and Avesh Khan to step up and stake a everlasting declare with two years left for the World Cup.
Meanwhile, West Indies would come into the context after their confidence boosting T20 collection win over England, though the format is solely completely different.
The group from the Caribbean possess a power-hitter Nicholas Pooran, who can flip the sport on its head. He would additionally look to impress the franchises earlier than the IPL public sale.
He would nonetheless want assist from others.
Also, the position of skipper Kieron Pollard and skilled all-rounder Jason Holder could possibly be the distinction on a day.
Pollard and his males can be greater than eager to spoil India’s occasion of their marquee conflict.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket) -keeper), Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (Captain), Fabian Allen, Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Nicolas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Romario Shepard, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Match begins at 1.30 PM.
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