After the T20I and Test series, India will lock horns with Australia for the 3-match ODI series. While T20I series went on 1-1, India won the Test series by 2-1 and now they are looking forward to winning the ODI series as well. Like India, Australia too will want to win the series before the World Cup 2019.
The three-match ODI series starting on 12th January will play an important role for both the teams before the mega event. Here are the five reasons why India should win the ODI series.
Strong batting line-up:
India’s batting line up has been around Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and captain Virat Kohli for quite some time now. They have been in a good form and will play the pivotal roles for the team to score big as well as to chase them. Along with them, the middle order comprised of Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, and Dinesh Karthik; who also have been among runs which will be crucial for India.
Ambati Rayudu is one of the most underrated players in India. He will be very crucial at number 4 in the batting line up. Veteran MS Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya too will use their experiences for winning causes where they will try to up the scoring rate when needed. As they had visited Australia before, their experience could help them in the batting as well.
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Presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
One of the biggest reasons of India’s series win could be the presence of the former skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Though his performance in ODIs in 2018 was not up to the mark as he managed to score only 275 runs in 13 innings. But one of the best finishers in ODI, Dhoni, is irreplaceable behind the stumps, as well as his knowledge about the game, will help India to prepare the strategy against Australia.
In 2018, he had 27 dismissals, including 17 catches and 10 stumpings. Moreover, he is the cricketer who can change the fate of the game single-handedly.
Power packed bowling line-up
Along with a solid batting line-up, India have a power-packed bowling attack as well. Though the star bowler Jaspreet Bumrah has been rested for the ODI series, Mohammed Siraj has replaced him. Along with Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami’s pace attack with spin troika Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja are capable of taking wickets at regular intervals.
With the left-arm fast bowling, 21-year-old Khaleel Ahmed has been pretty impressive since his debut in the Asia Cup, last year. So far, he has played 6 ODIs and picked up 11 wickets with an average of 24. He could be the third seamer, India is looking for.
The absence of Steve Smith and David Warner and relatively unknown pace bowling attack
Australia’s two most experienced players, Smith and Warner are currently serving the international ban after they both getting involved in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. Their absence will be helpful for India to win the series as they both have the ability to turn tables at any time.
While in the Test series, India faced the experienced bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins but they will face a relatively new pace attack in the ODI series. This time India will face the two pacers Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff whom India have hardly faced in the limited-overs. Also, Peter Siddle will return in the ODI squad nearly after nine years. India will be beneficial with this new bowling line-up.