Since the start of the ongoing home season, India has comfortably won almost all the series in every format against the visiting side who was either weak or was touring without major players. The ODI series against Australia in the home ground is the reality check for India. We also saw how drastically India lost the first ODI match at Mumbai against the Kangaroos.
The Australians, choosing to field first, bundled out Indian batsmen in 255 runs. Then the Indian bowlers could not break the opening partnership of David Warner and Aaron Finch who single-handedly led to reach the target. The duo set the highest-ever partnership of 258 runs against India in ODI. Also, it was the first-ever ten wickets ODI win vs India by Australia.
Thus, Australia has now got the lead of 1-0 in the three-match ODI series. To be in the game, Virat Kohli and Co. need to work more on their strategy. So, here we will discuss the two possible changes India needs to do to win the game.
Kul-Cha Jodi should be back
In the first game, the pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is well known for giving India a breakthrough, went wicketless. The pacer Shardul Thakur and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja were also not impactful with the ball. The highest ODI wicket-taker in 2019, Mohammed Shami, was also unimpactful at Mumbai.
The spinner Kuldeep Yadav in starting made uneasy the Australian captain Aaron Finch but later the batsman easily struck the boundaries. Kuldeep was only the Indian bowler who bowled ten overs but could not take a wicket. To create more impact, Chahal and Kuldeep need to get the support of each other in the field. It is evident from the stats that whenever Kul-Cha play together, India has mostly won the match.
Manish Pandey in place of Rishabh Pant
On the ball of Pat Cummins, Rishabh Pant got the top edge of the bat, and it deflected off the helmet, went for a catch to Ashton Turner. Pant got the hit on his head which has led to the concussion. He has been ruled out of the next match. It will bring a chance to Manish Pandey who has impressed with his performance in the Pune T20I against Sri Lanka.