India lost the two-match T20I series against Australia with a 0-2 margin and are likely to continue experimenting with the playing XI to see which combination would work best in England and Wales this summer.
After the Bengaluru loss, India skipper Virat Kohli said, “Every team will look to fine-tune whatever they need to before the World Cup, and we’ll keep doing that in the ODI series too, but we still want to win every match we play.”
In the Indian probable 15-member squad, there are two slots which are still to be claimed and the four contenders are K.L. Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Siddarth Kaul. Dinesh Karthik, who has fallen out of favour of late, will also believe he has an outside chance.
KL Rahul has given a good account of himself in the two T20s with scores of 50 and 47 whereas Pant, who hasn’t been consistent in the shorter formats but has the talent to take the game away from the opposition on his day.
Indian Skipper Virat Kohli said that he is ready to drop down to the number 4 spot if Ravi Shashtri and the team management ask that of him. India could consider trying Ambati Rayudu at number 3 who was to originally bat at number 4.
Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal could be the four frontline bowling options for team India with Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar could be used jointly as the fifth bowler’s option.
Probable Playing XI:
Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Aussie skipper Aaron Finch confirmed the inclusion of Alex Carey in the final XI as the wicketkeeper. It has not cleared yet who among Usman Khwaja and Marcus Stoinis will be partnered with Aaron Finch at the top of the order. Peter Handscomb’s prowess against spin bowling could earn him a spot in the middle order.
The hero of 2nd T20I against India, Glen Maxwell along with debutant Ashton Turner could be used at the top as well as the middle order.
Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile could be proved as the leading wicket-takers for Australia in the five-match ODI series. Adam Zampa is also capable of making important breakthroughs by taking wickets of set batsmen.
Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile