In the second ODI against Australia India is in Do or Die position, the look of the Indian team will be on the return in the series. With this, the bad form of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has failed to maintain the pace of the runs in the middle overs, will also be a cause of concern to the Indian team. Due to disciplinary reasons, the sudden dismissal of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul worsened the balance of the Indian batting order. India lost first game by 34 runs in the first match despite the Rohit Sharma’s 22nd ODI century.
India played their last ODI in Australia in January 2016, in which Dhoni scored 18 runs in two matches by batting at number four. Since that series, Dhoni has batted at number four in eight ODIs. His average was 24.75 while the strike rate was 77.34. The probable team has not been announced before the second ODI. All-rounder Vijay Shankar reached late in the afternoon and probably will not be available for selection.
India’s performance will be focused on three top batsmen. Kohli has an average of 73.44 in all formats and his average is 46.66 in ODIs. There will also be an eye on Dhawan’s form which was the third batsman not to play domestic cricket in addition to Dhoni and Rayudu in this season. Dhoni has said goodbye to Test cricket, while Rayudu has said goodbye to first-class cricket even before the Ranji season starts. Instead of playing Ranji, Dhawan was spending time with his family in Melbourne.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vijay Shankar, Khalil Ahmed, Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carri, Usman Khawaja, Shan Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Zay Richardson, Mitchell Marsh, Billy