IND vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Skipper KL Rahul needs game time, India new challenge in remaining ODIs
IND vs ZIM 2nd ODI: As the Indian squad is anticipated to reevaluate their objectives to create some challenge for themselves in the last two ODIs against Zimbabwe, captain KL Rahul would want to receive some significant batting opportunity.
India has a 1-0 advantage in the three-match series after destroying Zimbabwe with a 10-wicket victory in the opening ODI.
These kind of bilateral competitions are always lopsided due to the gap between the two teams, but the ‘Men In Blue’ would like to push the envelope.
If Rahul chooses to bat first in the second ODI on Saturday, that would be the team’s immediate goal.
The batters would have some difficulty because of the early start on a bumpy surface and enough nip in the air. Even though Jimmy Anderson and Josh Hazlewood won’t be available, Rahul and his men will be put to the test by having to contend with the weather.
After the first game, Deepak Chahar had noted that the second session provided minimal assistance for the bowlers. And that the only challenging period for batsmen was during the first hour of play.
Rahul would benefit from a morning session with deliveries travelling both ways, albeit at a slow rate. Before taking on Shaheen Shah Afridi’s talents in the Asia Cup.
Even though “captain Rahul” shown elder statesman-like traits by letting Shikhar Dhawan. And Shubman Gill open in the first game, “batter Rahul” still needs to set his priorities straight before the Asia Cup.
It won’t happen over night for him to rapidly adjust to Team India’s “attack at all costs from the beginning” mentality.
Rahul would have the perfect opportunity to experiment with his batting against a team like Zimbabwe. That isn’t good enough to even compete with a top Indian domestic team.
Similar to this, Deepak Hooda can boost his confidence if given the chance to bat higher in the order.
Sanju Samson is another option. If he bats at No. 4, he has plenty of room to put up a noteworthy innings.
Even while VVS Laxman, the acting head coach, would like to try new things. He would like to win the series before giving some of the backup players a chance to prove themselves.
Therefore, if Shikhar Dhawan’s forearm injury sustained during the conclusion of the game turns out to be significant. A left-right combination of Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul won’t be a bad choice.
While winning the series is crucial, creating unique situations. And testing the younger lot’s game knowledge in a pressure cooker scenario should also be on the list.
The fact that Deepak Chahar can bowl seven over in a row is encouraging. And shows that he is gradually increasing his workload.
In a similar vein, Mohammed Siraj wouldn’t like picking up a few more wickets. While Prasidh Krishna would like to try a few more variations than his back of the length stuff.
Similar to how Rahul and company could find it difficult to bat in the morning. Pacers would have to rely on their improvisational skills and character to bowl in the hot afternoon conditions.
India: KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed.
Zimbabwe: Regis Chakabva (c), Ryan Burl, Tanaka Chivanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe , Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano , Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, John Masara, Tony Munyonga , Richard Ngarava , Victor Nyauchi , Sikandar Raza , Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano.