After loss in the first ODI at Sydney, Now second ODI at Adelaide becomes must win match for India. A loss at Adelaide would mean a shock series loss, and dent the confidence of a team and impact on mind for the upcoming World Cup.
India must make suitable changes in the squad to redress the balance that was missing in the first ODI. To have the best chance of winning the match and keeping the series alive, India must first get its team selection right.
Here are the three changes that India should consider making in the team that put up a dismal show at Sydney.
#1 Vijay Shankar in place of Ravindra Jadeja
India dearly missed the services of Hardik Pandya, its only pace-bowling all-rounder in the squad. Vijay Shankar selected for replacement. Jadeja may have bowled decently in the first ODI, but India needs a pace-bowling all-rounder in the side, especially in Australian conditions. Shankar is also a handy batsman and a good bowler.
#2 Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Khaleel Ahmed
Though the young left-arm pace bowler Khaleel Ahmed brings in variety to the Indian bowling side and is thus a possible option for the World Cup squad, on pitches not conducive to swing, he can go for plenty
On the other hand, the wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has helped restrict the flow of runs in many ODIs in the last two years and forms one of the deadliest bowling pair with Kuldeep Yadav.
Kedar Jadhav in place of Dinesh Karthik
Kedar Jadhav is the only one among the Indian batsmen who has the ability to contribute with the ball. As was seen in the last match, Ambati Rayudu is nowhere close to being India’s sixth bowler.
India must find a way of bringing in Jadhav into the playing eleven. The only way they could do so under the circumstances is to drop Karthik.