Dodda Ganesh: Virat Kohli Must Tinker Playing 11 In 3rd ODI
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Dodda Ganesh: Virat Kohli Should Tinker Playing 11 In 3rd ODI

Virat Kohli |
Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

Dodda Ganesh, former Indian cricketer feels India didn’t get their bowling and batting combinations right for the ODI series. India failed to kick off their Australian tour on an impressive note this time.

They are trailing 0-2 in the three-match ODI series after suffering heavy defeats in the first two ODI matches losing to Australians buoyed by Steve Smith’s century in both games and now he will be playing for pride in the third ODI in Canberra on Wednesday.

Steve Smith.
Steve Smith. Image Credit: Twitter.

Dodda Ganesh: Selectors Should Have Picked Team Basis Of ODI Performances

This time unlike the previous tour, the plans aren’t working well for captain Virat Kohli especially on flat tracks which are not assisting the bowlers besides which losing tosses and chasing massive totals made the matter even worse. The Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the Australian batsmen at Sydney in both ODIs so far. India lost the first ODI by 66 runs and then lost the second by 51 runs.

A 0-3 defeat against Australia would be Team India’s second rout in consecutive ODI series having met the same fate in New Zealand earlier this year.

Doddanarasiah Ganesh
Doddanarasiah Ganesh. Credits: Twitter

“These guys have not played ODIs for a long time. Switching from T20s to ODIs isn’t easy. They lost months due to COVID-19. But the most important thing is that selectors should have picked the team on the basis of ODI performances, not T20s. That’s what they have done and the results are in front of us,” Ganesh told Timesofindia.com.

The last time when India toured Australia in 2018-19, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team lost the first ODI by 34 runs at Sydney but made a remarkable comeback to win the remaining two ODIs and with the series 2-1. Dodda Ganesh felt selectors should have picked team on basis of previous ODI performances, not IPL.

Dodda Ganesh: India Missing Rohit Sharma Badly

India’s star opener Rohit Sharma has an impressive record against Australia, but his absence is definitely hurting the visitors against the mighty Aussies in their own backyard.

Rohit Sharma was not picked for the ODI and T20I series as he is recovering from a hamstring injury. There is also a question mark over his availability for the Test series.

“Team India is missing Rohit really badly. He is a great cricketer and a game-changer. He is a great opener. His presence gives big strength to the team. I am disappointed that he is not there as he is not fit. His presence would have mattered a lot for Team India in the ODI series. Things would have been different for the team if Rohit was there,” Dodda Ganesh, who played 4 Tests and 1 ODI for India between 1997 and 2005, said.

Yuzvendra Chahal has been the most expensive bowler in the first two games with 160 runs conceded and just one wicket to show for his efforts. Jasprit Bumrah was considered a trump card for India with the ball has also failed to stop Australia’s mayhem with the bat.

“Chahal got hammered in the first ODI and Saini also. Virat should have gone for some other players. He should have made changes. Virat should have chosen the right eleven. Cricketers who play T20s, their fitness level can’t be compared to ODI players. Both formats need different sorts of fitness levels,” Dodda Ganesh told TimesofIndia.com.

Shreyas Iyer is also under scanner as the very talented batsman, who did a great job in leading the Delhi Capitals in this IPL 2020 into final might have ended India’s search for a steady number 4 in ODIs, but scored 2 and 38 in the two matches played so far in the ongoing series.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma-Photo by Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for BCCI

The likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal have also failed. Dodda Ganesh feels Manish Pandey should have been picked in the playing XI.

“Virat is doing really well with the bat. All I want is the right players in the team. Virat has led by example and he will continue to do so. Manish Pandey should have played in place of Iyer. Kohli should have gone ahead with Pandey, not Iyer in the ODIs. Manish is an experienced player and has won matches for India. His presence would have bolstered the middle order. I don’t know why they dropped Manish Pandey,” Dodda Ganesh opined.

In the bowling department meanwhile, young Navdeep Saini is having a torrid time. He might be the fastest Indian bowler but he took a pounding taking just one wicket, conceding 83 runs in 10 overs in the first ODI, and then went wicketless in the second ODI, leaking 70 runs in 7 overs.

“When Chahal and Saini were getting hammered, Virat should have picked some other option. Natarajan should have immediately replaced Saini. He is a left-arm seamer and has the ability to bowl yorkers. Kuldeep Yadav has got variations in comparison to Chahal. But when you have a better bowler in Kuldeep, Virat should have gone ahead with him in the second ODI. Kuldeep is a Chinaman bowler, he would have made a difference,” Dodda Ganesh further said.

Dodda Ganesh, who was a right-arm medium-fast bowler, feels it’s time for Virat Kohli to tinker with the playing eleven for the third and final ODI of the series on Wednesday.

“Virat should pick the right eleven. We are already training 0-2. A 1-2 will teach us a lot going ahead. We have the T20I and Test series ahead. A win will be important for us. Virat should sit with Ravi Shastri and other support staff and decide to give an opportunity to Manish Pandey, Natarajan, and Kuldeep Yadav in the third ODI,” Dodda Ganesh signed off.

Manish Pandey played well against New Zealand but was dropped for 2 matches against Australia without reason. T Natarajan is yet to make debut while Kuldeep Yadav isn’t picked consistently.

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