Impressive performances from Yuzvendra Chahal and MS Dhoni powered India in winning the third ODI against Australia in Melbourne and thus, register its first-ever bilateral series in Australia. Team India couldn’t have asked for anything else as Virat and Co. won both Test and One-Day series for the first time against Australia down under.
It will be a busy year for Indian cricketers as they landed New Zealand on Sunday to mark another overseas assignment with the fans hoping for another series victory outside the sub-continent.
While India look to add another series victory under its belt, a list of Indian players in the squad would be eager to make a mark in order to cement their place in the squad for the World Cup.
Here’s a look at four Indian players to look at in the series:
1. Ambati Rayudu
Not much time is left before India will head to England for the most coveted trophy, however, the number four position is something which India still look to solidify, according to skipper Kohli. After failing for two consecutive innings against Australia, Ambati Rayudu has made matters worse for himself with the right-hander losing his place in the eleven in the final ODI.
With Kartik, Jadhav scoring runs, it will certainly be a do-or-die series for Rayudu to seal his place in the squad. Unarguably, Rayudu isn’t going to bow down and we would expect him to come out all-guns-blazing on the New Zealand tour.
2. Dinesh Kartik
Out of no-where, Dinesh Kartik, as of now, has made a place for himself in the team as a finisher, not allowing Rishabh Pant to fetch a place in the line-up. In the last one year, Dinesh Kartik has shown that he has the temperament and skill to finish off the innings with ease and he certainly has done that on more than a few occasions.
3. Kedar Jadhav
With Hardik Pandeya not in the side, Kedar Jadhav’s place in the side becomes even more relevant, who can chip in with some overs apart from his batting prowess. Jadhav played a stellar inning in the last ODI against Australia, helping India win the series (2-1) against Australia. He would be looking to continue his form heading into the series against New Zealand.
4. Mohammed Shami
Having tried a lot of bowlers in the line-up, India still looks for their ideal third seemer apart from Bhuvi and Bumrah for the World Cup. And possible, Shami could come in as the third one owing to some splendid bowling performances in the series down-under. He would look to solidify his place in the side as India will play its first ODI against New Zealand on 23 January in Napier.