Team India will play the third and final ODI of the series against Australia in Canberra on Wednesday. In order to avoid a clean sweep in the second consecutive series, the Virat Brigade can change its bowling. The match will start at 9.10 am Indian time.
If the Australian team manages to win 3–0, then India will be clean for the second consecutive series. Earlier this year, New Zealand also defeated him by this margin.
A win is necessary before T20 series
A lot of runs were scored in the first two matches, with Australia dominating Virat Kohli’s easy win against the team and if Team India wins at Manuka Oval (Canberra), then their confidence will increase before the T20 series.
Captain Kohli has already admitted that Australia ‘completely beat him‘ in the first two matches and it is expected that Team India will make some changes in the quest for victory. For the first time, India’s fastest bowler Navdeep Saini, who has visited Australia, has so far failed to bowl with the exact line and length and the batsmen of the hosts have scored easily against them.
Shardul-Natarajan can handle bowling
After Saini plundered 70 runs in 7 overs, Kohli had to complete his spell with bowlers like Hardik Pandya and Mayank Agarwal. Pandya is not fully fit to bowl, while Agarwal does not usually bowl. It would not be surprising if Shardul Thakur or left-arm fast bowler T Natarajan get a chance in the third and final ODI.
29-year-old Shardul has experience of 27 international matches, while only 29-year-old Natarajan specializes in throwing yorkers. If Kohli decides to give rest to both Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammed Shami before the Test series, both Shardul and Natarajan can get a chance to play.
In the current series, the Indian bowlers do not seem to be in rhythm at all and they have 69 fours and 19 sixes in the first two matches against them. Kohli said that the T20 format could not be an excuse to get into ODIs as the main players of the team have been the same for a long time.
Biggest question, how to stop Smith
The biggest headache for bowlers remains Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith, who scored a century in 62 balls in two consecutive matches. Glenn Maxwell, who failed in the Indian Premier League (IPL), also made a difference with his stormy batting, helping the Australians to score quick runs in the final overs.
Looking at India’s 66 and 51 runs defeat, their innings become important. The Indian captain has also faced criticism due to the rotation of his bowlers during the match. Former Indian cricketers like Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra criticized him for giving just two overs in the first spell to chief bowler Bumrah.
If the fast bowlers have failed, the failure of the spinners has added to India’s woes. Yuzvendra Chahal was the most expensive bowler in the first two matches. He conceded 160 runs in 19 overs and was able to take just one wicket. Ravindra Jadeja put some control on the run pace, but could not get a single wicket due to not giving much priority to the ball.
Talking about batting, Kohli and KL Rahul looked in good rhythm in the second match, but Rahul failed to rotate the strike during the second power play, which is a matter of concern. The Indian batsmen, however, have been successful in doing well in both the matches and if the bowlers had a slightly better performance, the visiting team could have had a chance.