After a minor blip in the T20I series, Team India is back to winning ways with a clinical performance in the 1st ODI against Australia in Hyderabad. Seems to be in relaxed mood ahead of the second chapter of the rivalry, captain Virat Kohli was caught at his cheerful best during the practice session on Monday. Kohli and Co. ticked all the boxes to thrash Australia by six wickets in the series opener. With only four ODIs remaining before ICC World Cup 2019, the Indian team will look to finalise the “two available spots” in an otherwise settled squad.
During the nets, Kohli was seen sharing a light moment with former India skipper MS Dhoni and talented opener KL Rahul. The trio burst into a fit of laughter as the 30-year old Kohli displayed some of his cool dance moves after wrapping up the rigorous practice routine at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.
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Kohli might be tempted to continue with the same playing xi, he might make one or two changes given opener Shikhar Dhawan is in bad form since the T20 series. Dhawan failed in Hyderabad but he is likely to get another game as chances of Rahul coming in for him appear bleak. However, if given a chance Rahul will be more than willing to make optimum use of. vice-captain Rohit Sharma can take any attack to cleaners on his day and the Aussies would be wary of him and skipper Kohli, who scored 44 on Saturday night.
Both Rohit and Kohli are always hungry for runs and if the duo fires in unison at the VCA stadium, then the visitors are in for a hard time. Ambati Rayudu failed in the first game but knowing his abilities and the backing he has from the team management, his place in the playing eleven is not in danger.
Pint-sized Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav, who steered the team home with an unbeaten 81 on Saturday, has more or less sealed the number six position. He is also useful with his right-arm off-breaks, making him more valuable to the side.
During 1st ODI, it would have been pleasing for coach Ravi Shastri to see that 37-year-old Mahendra Singh Dhoni hitting form. His unbeaten 59 proved that his finishing skills are not on the wane. Dhoni and Jadhav now form a vital cog in India’s middle order, especially when the top order fails.