The current ODI series between India and Sri Lanka has been dominated by the home team, and after a historic victory at Eden Gardens, they are now up 2-0 and have the chance to completely thrash the visitors.
With at least 12 more ODIs and an Asia Cup to follow, the World Cup hosts’ home schedule is packed with multiple formats, and the management will be concerned about the players’ workload. The major concerns are on the senior players who seem to keep their focus on ODI formats, benching themselves out for the T20 format.
“We haven’t thought about it yet, once we get there we’ll have a look at the pitch and have a look at some of our guys,” captain Rohit Sharma said at the Eden Gardens on the expected changes for the final game of the series. “There are three ODIs coming up against New Zealand as well, so we need to keep the guys fresh. We’ve got a long season now and we need to keep everything in mind. If needed, we’ll make some changes,” he added.
To manage the workload of the bowlers, India may implement some changes in the bowling unit. Arshdeep Singh, the team’s left-arm pacer, may see in action as India looks to test the depth of their bench ahead of the World Cup.
India can make an experimental change of replacing Shreyas Iyer with Suryakumar Yadav as the cricket experts and netizens feel that the T20I king should deserve the attention for the 50-over format too.
It’s unclear whether Chahal has recovered enough to play again after missing the second ODI in Kolkata due to injury. As the fans witnessed Kuldeep Yadav’s return has made a significant impact on the spinning unit as Yadav was the man of the match at his most prestigious stadium of Kolkata where he spent a lot of time with IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, but may find himself sidelined once again after yet another Player of the Match performance, like in Bangladesh in the recently concluded Test series.
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