India playing XI 2nd ODI: India came back from the 1st ODI against England with a mixed bag. The comprehensive 66-run win was a confidence booster but injuries to Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma complicated matters. However, this will be a chance for Suryakumar Yadav to make an impact. After a wonderful T20I debut against England, the Mumbai batsman is set to be included in India’s playing XI for the 2nd ODI on Friday.
Shreyas Iyer’s injury is a crushing blow for not only Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 but also for Team India. In India’s middle-order, he has become a reliable batsman who can take the innings forward if the top-order fails. He knows how to anchor the innings patiently and knows when to accelerate.
In Suryakumar Yadav, India will get a different batsman who does not take time to settle down. Rather, he unsettles bowlers from the get-go, swinging the match in favour of his team. It was evident during his 31-ball 57 against England on his T20I batting debut in the 4th T20I match. He began his international batting career pulling Jofra Archer for a mammoth six.
His inclusion will also give Virat Kohli the option to promote KL Rahul to open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan in case Rohit Sharma is unavailable due to elbow injury in the 2nd ODI. Otherwise, Rishabh Pant may get his chance to shine in the limited-overs.
Ind vs Eng 2nd ODI: India playing XI 2nd ODI:
- Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma/ KL Rahul, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Suryakumar Yadav, 5. KL Rahul/ Rishabh Pant, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Kuldeep Yadav, 9. Shardul Thakur, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Prasidh Krishna
With Shikhar Dhawan back amongst runs in the first ODI with a fantastic 98-run knock, he will retain his place in the XI. He might open with KL Rahul if Rohit Sharma is rested. Rahul, who was dropped from the 5th T20I after a string of poor performances, was back at his best, scoring a 43-ball 62 on Tuesday.
As for ODI debutant Krunal Pandya, he will retain his place as well after a fantastic 58-run knock. Amongst others, Hardik Pandya will keep his place but Kuldeep Yadav, having hammered by England batsman in the 1st ODI for 68 runs in 9 overs may make way for Yuzvendra Chahal. The leg-spinner has hit a rough patch as wickets have dried up. He may get Kohli’s backing for ODIs to get his confidence back.
Amongst the pacers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur will continue to lead India’s attack. As for the third pacer, with 4 wickets for 54 runs on his debut, Prasidh Krishna created a record that Kohli or team management cannot overlook. While he was expensive, his wickets will help him to retain his place for the 2nd match of the series.
India playing XI 2nd ODI: Suryakumar Yadav set to make ODI debut in place of injured Shreyas Iyer