After completing the thrilling last match of the five-match T20I series on March 20, the two cricketing superpowers India and England will feature in three One Day Internationals, starting from Tuesday, March 23 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced an 18-member squad for the upcoming ODI series and a few selections managed to stun the Indian cricket enthusiasts. Suryakumar Yadav, who presented a spectacular show by racking up a fifty in his debut international innings, got his maiden ODI call-up too.
Apart from Surya, right-arm seamer Prasidh Krishna also got his maiden call. Though many young players have found a place in the Indian ODI squad owing to their performance in the domestic circuit or other formats, there are chances that a few might not get to play even a single game and thus could warm the bench for the whole series.
Here are 5 Indian players who may not get a chance in the ODI series
1. Shubman Gill
The young opening batsman Shubman Gill is considered a promising prospect of the future of the Indian cricket team. Owing to his temperament and character, the 21-year-old has managed to find a spot for himself in India’s Test team at the top of the order but the same might not be the case in One Day Internationals.
Unlike the Test team, India has a settled top-order in ODI in the form of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opening the innings while the skipper Virat Kohli coming up at number three. This has been a match-defining combination for the Men in Blue and the chances of them making any changes or experiment are extremely slim.
Coming to Shubman’s ODI career, he made his debut in 2019 against New Zealand in the fourth ODI after Kohli decided to rest for the two matches considering that India had already clinched the five-match series by 3-0. Batting at Number 3, Gill had an ordinary debut as he could score only 9 runs. Thus far, Gill has featured in 3 ODIs, scoring just 49 runs at an average of 16.3.
2. Kuldeep Yadav
The 26-year-old left-arm off-spinner Kuldeep Yadav can be considered as one of the unluckiest cricketers of recent times. Despite ticking all the right boxes for quite some time, Kuldeep has failed to find a permanent spot for himself in the Indian squad across any of the three formats. The Chinaman bowler has been formidable for the Men in Blue in One Day Internationals.
He has featured in 61 ODIs scalping a whopping 105 wickets at an economy rate of 5.12 and an average of 26.4. Despite the stunning numbers, the chances of Kuldeep making it to the Playing XI of any of the three ODI games against England are rare. This is due to the fact that for the past few years, India has started giving more preference to the players who can contribute both with the bat and the ball.
This means that India is likely to go with one full-time spinner between Yuzvandra Chahal and Kuldeep along with an all-rounder. While Chahal is almost a certainty in the Playing XI for One Day Internationals, the second spin slot can be occupied by Krunal Pandya, who has been included in the squad as a replacement for India’s injured all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
3. Prasidh Krishna
A relatively unknown name to get picked for the three-match ODI series against England has to be of the tall fast bowler hailing from Karnataka, Prasidh Krishna. Krishna had introduced himself to the cricket fraternity during the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he was picked by franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2018 edition and made his debut that same season.
His debut season was Krishna featuring in seven IPL matches picking up an impressive 10 wickets. However, the right-arm couldn’t keep a check on his economy rate as he failed to put a stop to the constant flow of the runs. As compared to the T20Is, the 25-year-old boasts of having an excellent record in 50-over games as he has featured in 48 List-A matches thus far picking 81 wickets at an economy of 5.17.
The seamer is also coming after a good run in the 2020-21 edition of the Vijaya Hazare Trophy while playing for his home team Karnataka. Though Krishna has been successful in getting his maiden call to the Indian side, he is unlikely to make a debut as India will be keener on going with tested seamers in the form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, and Shardul Thakur, if the third pacer is required.
4. Mohammed Siraj
India’s right-arm medium-fast seamer Mohammed Siraj is living a fairytale life as he had a blockbuster debut in the longest format of the game. Injuries to the main seamers paved way for Siraj in the Test Playing XI in the second Test of the four-match series against Australia. Since then there has been looking back as the 27-year-old ended as India’s highest wicket-taker in the Australia Test series with 13 wickets from just 3 games.
He also performed decently in the Test series against England. However, his inclusion in the ODI squad came as a surprise for many as Siraj hasn’t featured in a List A game since January 2020. His lone ODI appearance for India came during 2019 where he went wicketless along with leaking runs at an economy rate of 7.60.
In addition, India has their pace-attack sorted as Bhuneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan, who had an exemplary debut in Australia, will be the first-choice pace duo while Shardul Thakur can be the third pacer if the all-rounder Hardik Pandya decides against bowling all his 10 overs in the upcoming three One Day Internationals.
5. Washington Sundar
The 21-year-old Washington Sundar has emerged as a formidable bowler in the shortest format of the game owing to his ability to put a halt on the runs especially during the powerplay. In recent times, Sudar has been a constant in India’s T20I squad and boasts of having 25 wickets from 30 games.
However, the spin all-rounder is unlikely to find a place for himself in the three-match ODI series against England as India is already equipped with two experienced spinners in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Also, another spin all-rounder Krunal Pandya is more likely to get a chance as he can contribute with the bat more and is coming after a stunning session in the 2020-21 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
In addition, Sundar’s List-A records aren’t very impressive as thus far he has featured in 39 List-A matches scalping 24 wickets at an economy of 4.62 along with scoring 427 runs at a mere average of 20.3.
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