The last time the Indian team won a three-match ODI series on the tour of Australia, it was said that the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner benefited from it. Now if we talk about the poor start of the Indian team in this series, apart from the individual performance of the players, the important aspect is the Sydney ground. The last time India won the first two ODIs played in Melbourne and Adelaide, they captured the series. However, he suffered a loss in the third match in Sydney.
The series of that loss continued this time also and he suffered a defeat in the first ODI played in Sydney. The second match is also on the same ground today where India has won only two of the 18 matches played so far. In such a situation, if India has to maintain itself in the series, then today Team India will have to break the logic of this defeat in Sydney.
Top order became a concern
In the first ODI, where Australia’s top order batsmen Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and David Warner performed brilliantly, only Shikhar Dhawan was able to open his hand in India’s top-5 batsmen. If chase master Virat Kohli could score 21 runs, Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer were dismissed after playing a bad shot. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, who started the innings with Shikhar, started in a stormy manner but his weakness could not hide on the pitch here. In such a situation, if the top order batsmen have to maintain their hopes in the series, then the top order batsmen will have to handle the front.
Team India missed the sixth bowler in the last match. The sixth bowler refers to a batting all-rounder who can bowl a few overs for the team as needed, as did Glenn Maxwell in the match for Australia. Hardik Pandya may be included in the team as an all-rounder but he is not in a position to bowl yet. Pandya himself has said that he cannot bowl before the T20 World Cup. This is the reason that when the Australian bowler was taking easy runs on the Indian bowler, then captain Virat Kohli had no additional option to stop him.
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Ground is unique for Virat
The Sydney ground is unique not only for Team India but also for captain Virat Kohli in ODI cricket. Virat has scored an average of 59.14 in his ODI career so far, but when it comes to the SCG, he has been able to score only 57 runs in six innings with an average of 11.40. His strike rate here is only 64.04 whereas in his career he has scored so far with a strike rate of 93.26. Virat scored 21 runs in the last match here, which is his highest score on this ground.
Changes can be seen
Changes can be found in the bowling combination of the Indian team for this match. In the last match, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal conceded 172 runs in 20 overs. Chahal also suffered an injury during the match due to which he left the field after completing his spell. On the other hand, Saini’s waist has also been stretched. In such a situation, Kuldeep Yadav can be found in the playing eleven in place of T Natarajan and Chahal instead of Saini. On the other hand, rising star Cameron Green in the Australian team may get a chance as Marcus Stoinis was hampered in the first match. Finch and Smith both indicated that Green could make his ODI debut.