India’s Predicted Playing XI for 3rd ODI against Australia: Sportsrush presents before you India’s playing XI for the third ODI.
With India winning the first two ODIs at Hyderabad and Nagpur, they would be looking to register another victory to gain an unassailable lead the series. Furthermore, the hosts would also be wanting to not witness another low-scoring nail-biting encounter.
If India manages to win tomorrow at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, India would then be able to afford trying out a few players in the name of auditioning for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Despite being 2-0 up in the series, India surely have a few concerns to adhere in the third ODI. While they have the temperamental advantage in the series, they would not be taking the opposition lightly by any chance.
India’s Predicted Playing XI for 3rd ODI against Australia
1) Top-order – Had either one out of India’s formidable opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan played a significant innings in the first two ODIs, the team management would have doubtlessly played Lokesh Rahul tomorrow.
However, with both Sharma and Dhawan returning with below par numbers, there is an impression that Rahul might have to further wait for his chance. Having scored his 40th ODI century in the second ODI, India captain Virat Kohli would be looking to continue his stellar form.
2) Middle-order – There is no denying to the fact that the middle-order was a serious concern for India in their build-up to the World Cup. However, with former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and all-rounder Kedar Jadhav finishing matches like they’ve been doing this year, one feels the team management can relax on that front.
The recent matches have seemed to commenced a new tussle in the Indian middle-order. With Ambati Rayudu scoring 13 and 18 in the two ODIs and all-rounder Vijay Shankar making full use of these chances, you never know if the Indian selectors make an instinctive decision based on current form.
Therefore, it becomes vital for the 33-year old Rayudu to come good in the third ODI.
3) Bowlers – India are most likely to make a couple of changes to their bowling unit tomorrow. Not that fast bowler Mohammed Shami or all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have bowled poorly in the first two matches, but pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s return might witness both of them warming the bench.
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar capable enough to bat at No. 8, India can also afford to play their wrist-spinner-duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The move will prevent them from playing a long tail and more importantly, strengthen their bowling unit.
How Twitter reacted:
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2019
Awesome to be back in Ranchi for the 3rd ODI. One of the best moments of my career happened here 2 years ago. All those amazing memories came rushing back today as we walked out… https://t.co/WNk3GGJQr6
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) March 7, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 7, 2019
India’s Predicted Playing XI for 3rd ODI against Australia – 1) Rohit Sharma 2) Shikhar Dhawan 3) Virat Kohli (c) 4) Ambati Rayudu 5) MS Dhoni (wk) 6) Kedar Jadhav 7) Vijay Shankar 8) Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9) Kuldeep Yadav 10) Yuzvendra Chahal 11) Jasprit Bumrah