India’s return to international cricket after a hiatus of more than nine months didn’t go as planned. They are good at patching but that will never be enough to beat a strong Australian side in their own backyard. The result was a defeat of 66 times in Sydney’s first ODI with experts already raising concerns over India’s bowling attacks and a lack of depth in them.
While pressing the panic button this early may not be the determined way, it’s a three-game tie, the margin of error is narrow and even narrower now that India lost the first leg.
In ODI 2 against Australia on Sunday in Sydney, India, they may want to make some adjustments to their XI game.
Here is India’s XI Prediction for 2nd ODI against Australia
Mayank Agarwal: What if Mayank Agarwal didn’t play that shot from Josh Hazlewood? India has reached 50 in 5 overs. The ifs and buts never end if you are Agarwal. But the opener has little choice but to look ahead and score big in 2nd ODI.
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Shikhar Dhawan: Yes, Shikhar Dhawan scored 74 and is India’s second top scorer after Hardik Pandya, but he provided at least two genuine chances during the innings which Australian fielders missed. Many will be ridden by experienced left-handed players to give India the edge.
Virat Kohli: The Indian captain will be furious over the shot he played against Hazlewood. Like Dhawan, Kohli was also knocked out early in the inning but failed to take advantage of him.
Shreas Iyer: For all of his talents, Shreyas Iyer has a very Indian weakness against well-directed short pitch bowling. He has been found even in the past but in Australia, it will be his final test. In the first attempt, he left his wand like a periscope and was fired for 2 by Hazlewood. It will be interesting to see how he ‘gets back up’ on Sunday.
KL Rahul: Another Indian batsman who wrapped up the net for Australia. Rahul took the full throw straight to the front wing from Adam Zampa’s bowling ball at a crucial moment.
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Hardik Pandya: The only Indian hitter who had a flawless night with stick in hand was Pandya. He had a century-long partnership with Dhawan to give India hope but was out for 90 when the required rate hit 11 runs per over.
Ravindra Jadeja: The only versatile player on the side because Pandya is not bowling, mostly on the ball and on the field. When it is Jadeja’s turn to bat, her approach is a little confusing as she doesn’t catch up to bowling even when the required speed is climbing.
Mohammed Shami: So far the best Indian golfer exhibited at the first ODI. The only thing missing in Shami’s cat is a goal with a new ball. He wants to change that in the 2nd ODI against Australia.
Yuzvendra Chahal: The top spinner India had a day off in the previous game but trust him to come back with a much better performance in 2nd ODI.
Jasprit Bumrah: The spearhead of India’s pioneers was brought to the cleaners by the Australian opener. He pulled it back towards the end but India wanted him to attack with a new ball too.
T Natarajan: The left arm could make his debut to replace Navdeep Saini. It is difficult to understand why Saini was chosen when she complained of back pain ahead of the first ODI.