It has almost been a couple of years since India finding a solid middle-order batsman in the One Day format of the game. Starting from Yuvraj Singh to the latest KL Rahul, the musical chairs for the number 4 slot has been going on and on. Despite, many talented batsmen tried their hand, it is still the most available slot in the ranks and a set of people are trying to grab it with both the hands.
Meanwhile, surprisingly India handed KL Rahul the number 4 slot and played southpaw Suresh Raina ahead of Dinesh Karthik who was travelling with the team from a long time. However, Indian management has their answers to the inclusion of Raina and Rahul as the former has the ability to bowl while the latter is in tremendous form in the recent past.
Karthik in, one between Raina and Rahul out:
Coming to the possible changes in the playing XI for the deciding ODI of the series, the most possible selection could be in-form Dinesh Karthik who possess a tremendous record in England. He is expected to be included in the side in place of Suresh Raina or KL Rahul. If management or Virat wants 6th bowling option, KL Rahul will make a way.
Siddharth Kaul might be out:
Another change could be in the bowling department as Siddharth Kaui hasn’t had the best of his time in the middle. As per the press conference headed by Sanjay Bangar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be in the XI as he is doing well with his fitness. In a case of Bhuvneshwar’s non-availability, management might ask Shardul Thakur to replace S Kaul.
However, coming to the series, England punched back at Lord’s to level the 3-match ODI series. The superb piece of batting display by Joe Root and the collective bowling effort thrashed India comfortably by a margin of 86 runs. The win also helped the hosts England to stay at top of ICC ODI rankings without any consideration and permutations of the final game of the series.
Now, both the teams are levelled with one each in the 3-match series and are set to take on each other in the final ODI of the series at Headingley, Leeds. As both teams are in prime form, one can expect a solid game of cricket coming from both the dugouts on Tuesday. It is also interesting to see the tactical changes from both the troops for the winner-take-all game.