India could ring the changes in final one-dayer


Aryan Surana

India clinched yet another bilateral series win after beating West Indies in the second ODI by 44 runs, despite having posted a sub-par 237/9. Fast bowler Prasidh Krishna was the star of the show, picking up a four-for, while the others supported him rather ably to help defend the lowly score.

With the series in the kitty, India are expected to make some changes to their playing XI as they look to explore different options in the build-up to the ICC World Cup next year. Each change will bring some more opportunities for punters to prove they know more about these new players than the bookies and has you covered for tips and tricks with respect to getting the best value punts on the third and final one-dayer in Ahmedabad.

India Predicted XI:

1) Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma has proved to be a tactically sound captain over the years and he has shown in his stint as India's full-time captain that he isn't averse to trying new things. His batting form at the top of the order will be central to India's success.

2) Shikhar Dhawan: The seasoned opener has recovered from Covid-19 and is available for selection. Dhawan showed he is far from finished in the rubber against South Africa and should be a certain starter for the final match of the series.

3) Virat Kohli: Having been dismissed cheaply and in bemusing fashion in the two games hitherto, Kohli will be looking forward to contributing handsomely to the team's cause.

4) KL Rahul: The vice-captain batted with gut and gumption at the number four slot in the second ODI and this position increasingly looks like the ideal fit for him in the 50-over format.

5) Suryakumar Yadav: The late bloomer has impressed one and all with his growth as a sheet anchor and an occasional finisher. Suryakumar will be one of head coach Rahul Dravid's key men as India look to build a strong squad for the 2023 World Cup.

6) Rishabh Pant: Promoted to the top of the order in the second ODI, Pant flattered to deceive. The young gun would like to replicate his performance in South Africa as we approach the business end of the bilateral joust.

7) Deepak Hooda: The fresh recruit has shown great maturity while batting down the order and is no slouch with the ball either. A long rope would do his confidence a world of good.

8) Deepak Chahar: Deepak Chahar has given enough evidence of his bowling and batting credentials in white-ball cricket and he deserves to be given a consistent run in top-flight cricket.

9) Kuldeep Yadav: Kuldeep Yadav was drafted back into the senior squad and it will be interesting to see if he is given a chance to put his international career back on track.

10) Avesh Khan: The Madhya Pradesh speedster had a breakthrough IPL season in 2021 and with the series in the bag, the management can hand him a debut to see what he has to offer.

11) Prasidh Krishna: The architect of India's series-sealing win, Prasidh Krishna should be given ample opportunities to blossom into a top fast bowler, as the raw ingredients are already there.