Predicted India XI vs Australia, 2nd ODI: Will Washington Sundar get a chance?

Rohit Sharma will return to the team in the second ODI between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The captain missed the opening match in Mumbai due to family commitments and Hardik Pandya led the team in the first match of the series. India defeated Australia by five wickets in a low-scoring match played at the Wankhede Stadium. KL Rahul, who was struggling to find form during the Border-Gavaskar series that saw him dropped for the third and fourth Tests, scored an unbeaten 75 to power the hosts home. Ravindra Jadeja also impressed in the game with his all-round performance. He took two wickets and scored an unbeaten 45 to win the player of the match award.

With Rohit back in the side, here’s what we think India’s playing XI could be for the 2nd ODI against Australia:

Rohit Sharma: The captain’s return will certainly provide a fillip to the top-order, which had been shaken by the pace and variations of Australian pacer Mitchell Starc. Ishan Kishan may get a chance in place of Rohit.

Shubman Gill: The right-handed batsman is likely to retain his place in the playing XI. He failed to provide India a solid start in the first game and will aim to do better in the second ODI.

Virat Kohli: The star batsman would like to continue his good form with the bat. While Kohli failed to score big in the first game, he should be raring to contribute for a team with a noticeable score.

Suryakumar Yadav: A marauder with the bat in T20Is, Suryakumar is apparently still finding his feet in ODIs. He has not been able to score a half-century in all the five ODIs this year. Surya has now played 15 ODIs (13 innings) without scoring more than 50. However, with no timeline set for Shreyas Iyer’s return, India will continue to audition Suryakumar for the No.4 role.

KL Rahul: The in-form Rahul has been nothing more than a boon for Team India, who are struggling to find a wicketkeeper-batsman in the absence of Rishabh Pant. With the 50-over World Cup round the corner, Rahul will aim to retain his place in the team with some consistent contributions with the bat in the middle order.

Hardik Pandya: The all-rounder scalped the wicket of Australian captain Steve Smith in the first ODI and scored 25 runs with the bat. He will focus on spending more time at the crease while batting.

Ravindra Jadeja: The all-rounder has made a stunning comeback to international cricket after undergoing knee surgery. He is impressing in all formats. In the first game, he performed brilliantly in all three departments.

Kuldeep Yadav: The left-arm wrist spinner did well with the ball in the first match against Australia, taking 1/48 in 8 overs. The team management is likely to hang on to the player and give him more chances.

Shardul Thakur: The all-rounder bowled only two overs in the first ODI and went wicketless while his chances to bat didn’t come. Team India may consider giving Washington Sundar a chance. But considering that Rahul Dravid doesn’t believe in much chopping and changing, Shardul is likely to retain his place in the team.

Mohammed Siraj: The right-arm pacer gave India their first breakthrough in the first ODI. The surface at the Wankhede Stadium helped them well. Siraj took 3 wickets for 29 runs in 5.4 overs bowled in the game.

Mohammed Shami: The veteran pacer was at the top of his game as he made the ball do the talking with some scintillating swing. He took three wickets in the first ODI which included two clean bowled outs.

(With PTI inputs)

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