After decimating the hosts by 105-runs in the second ODI of the 5 ODI and 1 T20 tour, Indian skipper feels that it is now time to give a chance to the bench strength of team India.
“We’ll sit down and decide as a team about changes that can be made. We’ll go to Antigua and regroup, and that’s a possibility as well, give a few guys an opportunity,” said the 28-year-old in the post-match conference.
Kuldeep Yadav made his debut in the first ODI, which was abandoned due to heavy rain. But in the second ODI, the chinaman bowler scalped three crucial wickets to rip through the West Indian batting attack.
The Kohli-led team lost the final of the ICC Champions Trophy to Pakistan by 180 runs last week, after which they came to the Carribean islands amidst many off field controversies surrounding them. However, their mental strength seems to be strong anyway. The Windies, ranked 8th on ICC ODI rankings, are not too big a threat for the powerhouse that India is.
Kohli also lauded the opening partnership by Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a century and a half-century respectively. The 28-year old also said that his efforts with the bat, along with MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Kedar Jadhav’s contribution, offered a finishing impetus to the Indian innings.
The first of the 5 ODIs was abandoned due to persistent rains, and the second one was reduced to 46 overs a side for the same reasons. In the third ODI, we can for certain expect Rishabh in the playing XI.
Pant is also a wicket-keeper, and the more time he can spend under MS Dhoni’s tutelage in this tour, the better will it be for the 19-year-old’s chances in the 2019 World Cup.
With Rohit Sharma rested for the series, he was named in the side as the third opener.