After suffering a crushing defeat in Chennai, Team India will look to come out with a better performance on all fronts and level the three-match ODI series when they take on the West Indies in the second game at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
India-ranked second in ODIs-will be desperate to avoid a series defeat against a side which is seven spots lower to them. The record of the Men in Blue has been outstanding at home in the last few years and it would be a bit of an embarrassment if they go down against a young Caribbean side.
India lost the first ODI where they found themselves wanting on all fronts. After posting a challenging 288-run target on a sluggish MA Chidambaram wicket, the hosts came out with a below-par performance in both the bowling and fielding departments and were defeated by eight wickets to concede a 1-0 lead in the series.
* Tips for you to pick your Dream 11 for the Vizag ODI:
Rohit Sharma should be your blind pick as the right-handed batsman has been the 2nd highest run-getter in ODIs in 2019. Virat Kohli is currently also the leading run-scorer in the world in the current year. After these two, Shimron Hetmyer, who scored a scintillating 139 in Chennai ODI, is another dependable option with the southpaw being West Indies’ best batsman in this tour. Shreyas Iyer could be picked as an extra batsman as the young batsman was phenomenal in the first two ODIs against West Indies.
Shai Hope is a fairly popular choice for this game after his match-winning hundred in the previous game. Hope is also the third highest run getter this year and should be able to apply himself on what could be a tricky wicket to bat on.
Windies skipper Kieron Pollard and India’s star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja can be your first picks for the role of all-rounder as both these players have the capability of turning the tables on their own.
West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell along with Indian speedster Deepak Chahar can walk into the dream team with their ability to pick wickets on a regular basis. Mohammed Shami also impressed in bits and phases so he may also get picked. If KulCha gets to play together, then Chahal and Kuldeep could also prove to be a worthwhile option.
Dream XI: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shimron Hetmyer (Vice-captain), Shreyas Iyer, Shai Hope, Kieron Pollard, Ravindra Jadeja, Sheldon Cottrell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami
India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope (wk), Khary Pierre, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh Jr.