After the humiliating collapse of 92 against New Zealand in the fourth ODI at Hamilton, a Virat Kohli-less India would look to make amends in the fifth ODI at Wellington on Sunday. India were bowled out for their seventh lowest total in ODIs in Hamilton and their pride would be hurting.
They would look to give a strong reply to New Zealand in the fifth ODI to win the series 4-1. India may make a few changes to the XI. Cricwizz takes a look at India’s predicted XI for the fifth ODI.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit Sharma has scored at least a ton in the last 10 bilateral ODI series or ODI tournaments. He has scored two fifties so far in the four ODIs against New Zealand. And he would be looking to wrap up the tour with a century to continue his ton-scoring spree.
Besides, he also enjoys a great captaincy record and would look to make amends of Hamilton’s humiliating loss. Rohit would look to lead from the front in the final ODI and secure a 4-1 series win. Shikhar Dhawan too would be looking to capitalise on the good starts and make a big score ahead of the T20I series.
The youngster will get another chance at redemption after a collective batting failure at Hamilton. He has replaced rested Indian skipper Virat Kohli at No 3 and the stakes will be high on the youngster to come good. He even has to justify Kohli’s rich praise. Kohli said he was not even 10 percent of Gill when he was 19. Can Gill live up to the expectations? An impressive performance can even seal a World Cup berth for Gill.
India would continue with the inconsistent Ambati Rayudu at No 4 as he has the support of Virat Kohli and the team management. Time is running out for Rayudu who has to make a few big scores to cement the No 4 spot in the XI. Rayudu will, however, be persisted with as he lends stability to the middle-order. But Rayudu has to score big to fulfill the potential and the faith and responsibility showed on him by the team management.
Keeper and No 5
Dhoni has recovered from his hamstring problem and will replace Dinesh Karthik in the XI. India missed Dhoni in the batting collapse in Hamilton. Dhoni has a record of helping India out of collapses on numerous occasions. His calm presence was missed in the XI in Hamilton. The Indian spinners also struggle without the advice of Dhoni from behind the stumps.
Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja
Pandya will be the lone all-rounder in the XI. He has shown motivation and intensity to do well in his comeback after the controversial talk show. He will take the fifth bowler’s slot in the XI. His batting needs to do a bit of talking to justify his place in the XI. Pandya will be expected to shore up the batting line-up that struggled in Hamilton.
Ravindra Jadeja has not played a single ODI in this series so far. And India would like to try Jadeja in the fifth ODI at Wellington so that he can be match-fit ahead of the T20I series. He will replace Kedar Jadhav in the XI. Jadhav will need a much-needed rest too. Jadeja will boost up the batting line-up and don the role of sixth bowler.
YS Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
The two did not have a cushion of a big total at Hamilton to destroy the opposition. But the spin duo will come hard at Wellington after they were nullified in the Hamilton ODI by the New Zealand batsmen. The two hunt well in tandem. And Rohit Sharma trusts them to do the job for the team. Kuldeep-Chahal would look to restore their pride in the Wellington ODI.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Shami will continue to be rested for the fifth ODI to keep him fresh for the T20I series that follow. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will again lead the pace attack. Mohammed Siraj, who is yet to get a game in the series, is likely to be included in the XI in place of Khaleel Ahmed who was far from impressive in the Hamilton ODI. Can Bhuvi-Shami do the job for the team?
Playing XI for Wellington ODI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, YS Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj.