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Opinion: Chahal Should Play In The Third Odi

| 1 month ago

Post the defeat in Sydney, India fought back in Adelaide to level the three-match series 1-1 on Tuesday. While Virat Kohli would look to register first ever bilateral series victory in Australia, the question regarding whether to go with same bowling combination would still be running in Virat’s mind. 

Indian pace battery is certainly missing Bumrah, having not been able to take all ten wickets in not even a single ODI. India tried Khaleel in the first ODI and Siraj in the second only to hand nothing but runs. 

Also, the Australian batting line-up has looked promising for the first time in last one year, with Marsh hitting a half-century and a century in first and second ODI respectively, Marsh and Maxwell also been amongst the runs, giving strength to the middle order.

Ahead of the last ODI, it all boils down to whether Kohli should play Chahal in the side or go with the same bowling combination.   

With Khaleel and Siraj going for runs, the right decision, perhaps, would be to play Chahal in place of Siraj.  

 With India not able to pick ten wickets in both the ODI’s, they certainly need a wicket-taker in the form of Chahal in the eleven. Don’t they?

Chahal would certainly trouble the Aussie batsmen with a host of variations in his armory and keeping in mind Australia’s vulnerability to wrist-spinners, Chahal could be a vital cog in the bowling department in the third ODI.  

While, India’s batting line is looking even more powerful with Dhoni finding his form, hitting consecutive half-centuries in first and second ODI, bringing Yuzvendra Chahal into the side would give India a wicket-taking option to sign off the Australian tour with the first Bilateral ODI series triumph in Australia. 

Perhaps, going in with three spinners wouldn't be a bad choice for Virat. What do you think?