Should the team pick Suresh Raina in the XI for the second ODI?
India might have won the first One-Day International comprehensively against New Zealand but the team management will have a big headache when they will sit to select the playing eleven for the second ODI.
The Indian team gave a clinical performance in Dharamsala as after dismissing the visitors for only 190, they chased down the total in only 34 overs. While it is natural for any team to not disturb the winning combination, the case will be a little bit different for the hosts this time around. The team will have to find a way to include Suresh Raina in the playing eleven.
The southpaw has made a comeback to the India team after missing the limited-overs series against Zimbabwe, and the two T20Is against West Indies in the USA. He was also not a part of the squad that toured Australia earlier this year. But he missed the first game due to a viral fever. Now that he is fit, India will be looking to play him at number four position.
In the ODI series against Australia, the team used three different players at number four positions-Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, and Manish Pandey. Dhoni failed to score big at that position with scores of 18 and 0 in two matches but Rahane made full use of the chance and scored two half-centuries in two matches. However, Manish Pandey made the most of the chances when he scored a century in the final match of that series. As expected, he was named in the playing eleven for the first match but the Karnataka batsman failed to make the chance count as he could score only 17 runs.
With the team set to play the Champions Trophy in England next year, the presence of a senior player at number 4 position can benefit India. Raina is one of the best limited-overs players in the country and if he manages to get back his form, he can surely make a difference for the team. India’s next ODI series is in January next year and so the team will be looking to give the southpaw a chance to consolidate his position in the team and as a result, Manish Pandey might have to sit out for the next game.
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