After winning the first One Day International (ODI), Indian cricket team will look to produce another complete performance against Australia in the second ODI at VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday. The Virat Kohli led- team ticked all the boxes to thrash Australia by six wickets in the series opener on Saturday. It was a welcome win for India after losing the T20 series 0-2. 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. Though Kohli will be tempted to continue with the same playing 11, he might make one or two changes given Dhawan is in bad form since the T20 series.
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Rahul or Rishabh, who should open for India?
Opener Shikhar Dhawan has failed to give consistent performance in ODIs and it would be helpful for the team if Rahul gets a chance to open the batting with Rohit Sharma. In the absence of Dhawan in T20 International (T20I) series, Rahul has score of 50 and 47 runs in first and second T20 respectively. Indian team management may also look to give Rishabh Pant a chance at the top of the batting order given his brilliant hitting skills which can take the game away from opponents.testing.. we are here....
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 11 is not in danger.
In form MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav strengthen lower order
Kedar Jadhav, who steered the team home with an unbeaten 81 in first ODI, 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. On Saturday, 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. Dhoni has been in prime of late form and every good outing will only boost his confidence ahead of the World Cup.