After having won the test series ( you know how I feel about the test series) India now looks forward to the first ODI taking place tomorrow - 10th dec 2017. Which also happens to be World Human Rights Day ( just a trivia). A lot of changes are expected in the ODI lineup. Especially with rumours regarding Viruksha breaking the internet massively, we are really curious what’s going on in Italy now. Virat is not part of the ODI team adding fuel to the hot hot hot fire.
The match is taking place in the cool regions of Himachal Pradesh. Not to get you upset but weather reports say that it is more than likely to rain. Yeah, I am also wondering why on earth does it happen to most matches. Anyway. Assuming the match does take place.
Rohit Sharma wears the cap of the captain. Just a temporary thing cos Virat is taking off for what he’s claiming he’s not. I do wish it was true. They make a very nice couple.
The ground has seen some high runs with the highest total made by India against West Indies - 330. NZ hit the lowest total of 190. With an audience capacity of 23000, a lot can happen tomorrow. Again assuming it does not rain. Giving such disclaimers is really a rain on the cricket parade. Literally.
Back to cricket. With Virat Kohli out and Rohit Sharma in, there could be scope for new players to get their turn in. There are a lot of options to pick from. Hardik Pandya is back. India will want to win of course. But they also want to check the strength of the bench. Which is quite good. Shreyas Iyer will be good in the middle order. He will want to prove his mettle. So will Manish Pandey. Dinesh Karthik will want to be considered as the wicketkeeper not just when Dhoni is on leave. Dhoni is back and he will be the backbone now more than ever with the absence of Kohli. Kuldeep Yadav and Y Chahal have taken over the spinners’ department very well and have more than made up for the absence of R Ashwin and R Jadeja.
Newly married Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back with new energy.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, had their share of drama to deal with when some of their players were asked to go back home. Some approval of the minister of sports pending. I don’t get it either. Even the team captain Thisara Perera was not spared.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul
Sri Lanka Squad: N Perera (Captain), PVD Chameera, A Dhananjaya, DM de Silva, PC de Silva, N Dickwella, ANPR Fernando, DAS Gunaratne, MD Gunathilaka, RAS Lakmal, AD Mathews, SS Pathirana, MDKJ Perera, S Samarawickrama, WU Tharanga, H Thiramanne
Dhananjaya de Silva
Yes, I have not picked Dhoni on my team. I love the bowlers that I have picked and most of them are from India. Because of the only 7 players per team rule, I feel my bowlers can do better than Dhoni. Purely fantasy perspective. We all know that Dhoni is absolutely reliable.
What do you think?
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