Sri Lanka Vs India 2nd ODI 2017 – Indian Predicted XI
Having stamped over Sri Lanka in the first ODI at Dambulla, India will approach the second ODI with the motive to try out a few things. As far as the batting is concerned, not everyone got an opportunity to get a feel of the Sri Lankan conditions, as the brilliance of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli was enough to see the side through with nine wickets to spare.
India now returns to Kandy, the very venue of the third Test which ended in a mere 3 days, thanks to the dominance radiated by the team. For Sri Lanka though, it’s now or never as the side cannot definitely stoop below this and after the embarrassment of the first game, they have nothing to lose now.
Skipper Virat Kohli hinted that India would look to experiment often in the matches to come and thus, one could see individuals being rotated, in a bid to assess their skills. Thereby, below, have a look at the predicted XI for Team India for the second ODI.
- Rohit Sharma:
Sharma’s lazy approach to running between the wickets was the main reason behind his downfall in the first ODI as he casually strolled about in the middle. However, on a track expected to assist the batsmen, Rohit should be in for a really big one and keep his appetite for big scores in mind, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect something special from him.
- Shikhar Dhawan:
The southpaw has been in the best form of his life thus far, making batting look utterly effortless. At this very venue, Dhawan piled up a rapid ton in the third Test, and after doing the same in the first ODI, the destructive opener would be eyeing another big score.
- Virat Kohli (c):
Mainly due to Dhawan overpowering and highlighting the run chase with his stupendous ton at Dambulla, not many noticed how easily Kohli mastered yet another successful run chase. The Indian captain now averages in excess of 55 in ODI’s, the most for a batsman by far. His average, however, in successful chases in the last one year stands at 726. The number in itself can mentally decimate an opposition!
- KL Rahul:
Rahul would be hoping that he finally gets an opportunity to bat in the middle and prove his caliber as a limited overs player. Throughout the series, one can expect Rahul to be persisted with in the middle order, and there are clear reasons for doing so, as the Karnataka lad is being termed as India’s man for the long run.
- MS Dhoni (wk):
Dhoni was back in business for the men in blue, affecting an easy stumping off leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Dhoni is just one stumping behind the all time record of Kumar Sangakkara for the most number of stumpings in ODI’s. However, fans would be delighted if Dhoni finishes in some serious style at Kandy.
- Kedar Jadhav:
Jadhav deserves all appreciation and accolades for developing his off spin skills, in a bid to add another angle to the side as a part time bowler. His round arm deliveries have been precious to the side as apart from just being another bowling option, Jadhav has been among the wickets. With the bat as well, he remains an excellent finisher and a strike rotator.
- Hardik Pandya:
Having been wicketless in the first ODI, the seam bowling all rounder will be eager to strike early now. He was entrusted with the responsibility of bowling with the new ball and that could again happen in the second game of the series. If Pandya gets among the wickets, it would be great news for the side.
- Axar Patel:
Making his comeback into the Indian side, Axar enjoyed a field day at Dambulla as he registered his career best figures of 3-34. Apart from chipping in with the wickets at the vital junctures, Axar stemmed the run flow and it was his spell, which completely changed the complexion of the game. Another positive outing is expected from the Gujarat all rounder.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar:
Like Pandya, Kumar too was wicketless in the first ODI and now would be eager to make amends for that with a fine spell in the second game. Sri Lankan opener Niroshan Dickwella doesn’t’ hesitate in taking the aerial route early on, and that should keep Kumar excited for his spell with the new ball.
- Kuldeep Yadav:
After impressing one and all in the Caribbean, Kuldeep should ideally be back in the scheme of things for this series. As a left arm wrist spinner, Yadav is as prestigious an asset he can get for the team. Being an attacking bowler, Kuldeep is bound to remain among the wickets and a serious game changer for the men in blue.
- Jasprit Bumrah:
Bumrah marked a successful return to the ODI side in the previous game as he bowled quite well. The pacer was among the wickets and quite accurate with his yorkers towards the end overs of the Sri Lankan innings.
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