After a thrilling T20I series win over West Indies, India will take on West Indies in the first ODI at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday. The hosts had to make two changes to the original squad – with injured Shikhar Dhawan being replaced by Mayank Agarwal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar making way for Shardul Thakur. The two sudden changes means Kohli will have to tread cautiously when making team selections for the first ODI, since certain plans have to be altered.
It will be interesting to see if India go ahead with the combination of three pacers and two spinners or two pacers and three seamers. Here is our predicted XI:
Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma has perhaps been India’s finest batsman this year in 50-overs cricket. He is guaranteed to make a spot in the team.
KL Rahul: After a spectacular performances in the T20Is, India will go with KL Rahul over Mayank Agarwal. If Rahul performs in the 50-overs format, the pressure will mount on Shikhar Dhawan, who has been out of form for some time now.
Virat Kohli: If there has been one player closer to Rohit Sharma for India in 50-overs cricket this year, it is none other than skipper Virat Kohli. He was in ruthless form in the T20Is, and will hope to do more of the same in ODIs.
Shreyas Iyer: Shreyas Iyer has been viewed as India’s long-term solution to the no. 4 conundrum. He failed to make the most of the opportunities in T20Is, but will hope to make up for it in the ODIs.