India now has a commanding 2-0 series lead after a flawless performance in Guwahati and a valiant victory in Kolkata.
Talking about the line-up OF 2nd ODI, team India remained consistent with the playing XI and making minimal changes which were crucial according to the venue. 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.
Chahal missed the second ODI in Kolkata due to injury, and it is still unknown whether he has fully recovered enough to rejoin the starting lineup. Rohit mentioned the need to manage the players’ workload at the conclusion of the game, and that could mean giving some of them a chance to sit on the bench.
“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.
Should India’s preferred wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal recover fully, attention would once again be on Kuldeep Yadav, who bowled superbly in Kolkata but may find himself sidelined once again after yet another Player of the Match performance, like in Bangladesh in the recently concluded Test series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2023