After clinching the test series against Sri Lanka by 3-0 India has proved to have an upper hand over the Lankans in all departments of the game. Now they will lock horns in the 3 match ODI series.
The 15 squad men announced for the limited over games has seen a lot of new inclusions like Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey etc. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma finds a way back. Indian team officials and coach Shastri making it clear that fitness would play a vital role in squad selection here we list for you the probable playing 11 for tomorrows game.
Shikhar Dhawan: He has got excellent innings in the test hitting two centuries and winning the man of the series. Thus his place is fixed for the ODI side looking into the fact that he has been consistent in the sub continent pitch and also his equation with Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma: After being in rest, Rohit Sharma would love to show skills with his willow against Sri Lanka. He has been working on his fitness after the west indies series and his good record against Sri Lanka will surely give him the edge and confidence.
Virat Kohli: There were rumors that he would rest in the ODI series but his press meet revealed that the captain is ready to lead from the front and carry on his batting display coming down on number 3.
KL Rahul: After a successful test stint and having his name as the most consistent player for India he might have lost a spot as an opener due to the inclusion of Sharma but surely gets his place in the middle-order. His recent form gives him an edge over Manish Panday.
MS Dhoni: No doubt why he would not be included. The Indian former captain has been going through a bad patch for a long time but that doesn’t keep him out to be Virat Kohli’s advisor in the field and also a trump card for the team in any situation. Just a good innings will surely boost up his confidence.
Kedar Jadhav: The best thing about India in last few years and Champions Trophy is that India has got two all-rounders who can surely prove their worth on time. One of them is definitely Kedar Jadhav who can bat at worst situations and also spin a bit to rip apart the opposition.
Hardik Pandya: No doubt this Baroda boy has been a star always for the team. Remember the Champions Trophy final? He has come up and conquered and showed his worth in all formats of the game and India will never gamble on anyone with him presently.
Kuldeep Yadav: As Ashwin and Jadeja are rested, no doubt this young Chinaman will lead the Indian spinning attack. He has always been crucial for the team and his confidence and skills are hugely supported by the skipper.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Assisting him would be this another new bee of the team. Though he has just played 9 international matches his skills are above par. He also had a formidable performance against west indies in the last series getting 6 wickets. Thus his wrist spinning ability gives him an upper hand over Axar Patel.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: He will obviously lead the pack as Shami and Umesh Yadav are rested in the limited-over series. We have no doubt that the best ranked Indian ODI bowler will look to add some more wickets by his name.
Jasprit Bumrah: The team will surely look forward to a comeback for this man after being rested for the west indies series.
Though the inclusion of Shardul Thakur will actually depend on whether India wants to play with three pacers or seamers. If Chahal doesn’t get a place then surely Thakur will chip in for his first overseas international game.