It was not the defeat, but the manner of it that would have hurt India in Chennai. 288 was a steep total, but West Indies cantered to a win, they were never ruffled, they were never pressed in their innings and hence, Virat Kohli would be forced to make changes to his side, especially in the bowling department.
Here in this article, we take a look at India’s predicted XI for the second ODI in Visakhapatnam.
Rohit will be disappointed after the Chennai ODI – he got through the tough phase, settled down nicely and then lost his wicket. It is something which has become alien to Rohit and the India opener would be keen to peel off a substantial score in Vizag.
The slowness of the pitch and then guile of Sheldon Cottrell got the better of Rahul in Chennai, but even in his short stay, he looked assured and he would now be keen to get a match-winning score in Vizag.
Chennai was rare for the Indian team – their top three failed to stick around and the side did not get off to a bright start. Virat Kohli was out cheaply and considering his form, this was an anomaly. The skipper would want to lead from the front and get his side back on track.
The young Mumbai batsman is ticking all the right boxes and could well be the permanent solution to India’s search for the number 4 batsman. He was superb in Chennai – after the initial loss of wickets, he soaked in all the pressure, kept the scoreboard moving and put India back on course for a competitive score.
A maiden half-century for Rishabh Pant should clear any cobwebs of doubts for Pant and now, he should be more assured of his place and continue to put in substantial scores for his side from the number 5 position. Also, he should now look to finish scores and play the entire 50 overs.