Zimbabwe v India, 3rd ODI, Harare July 27, 2013

Zimbabwe under pressure to show fight

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Match facts

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Start time 0900 (0700 GMT)

Big Picture

When India sent an inexperienced side to Zimbabwe for the second time in three years, there must have been a glimmer of hope that the hosts would seal a win or two, just like they did in the tri-series in 2010. Two games later, the series has lacked the competitiveness the home fans were expecting, as India proved themselves equally adept at defending and chasing targets. The toss was a factor on Friday, as India limped to 65 for 4, but then Zimbabwe had themselves to blame, dropping catches which released the stranglehold on the batsmen. Better fielding would have kept the target to something more achievable than 295. Zimbabwe had their moments in both innings where they stretched India, but matches are rarely won by teams that fumble in the field.

The biggest positive for India was that they managed to weather the storm after a top-order collapse. Shikhar Dhawan, dropped twice and caught off a no-ball, made the most of those lapses and had an equally positive partner in Dinesh Karthik to take India to a winning total. Batting first in seaming conditions - aided by two new balls - may not have been the worst thing to happen for India, for it was an education for the top order, which will face tougher examinations for prolonged periods in South Africa later on.

The positive for Zimbabwe was that they batted out 50 overs, instead of surrendering meekly. At 133 for 6, a humiliation loomed, before Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya showed some resistance. Aside from the dropped catches, the no-show from the middle order was another concern. Zimbabwe are one defeat away from conceding the series. Unless they put one across India on Sunday, this series may fade from memory faster than it normally would, given its lack of context in a packed calendar.

Form guide

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In the spotlight

Though Suresh Raina came in to bat with India moments from victory in the first game, he had an opportunity in the second to build an innings but failed to step up as the senior. He was caught tickling one down the leg side for 4, leaving India in trouble at 69 for 4. His ODI average outside the subcontinent is 25.82 with two fifties, a climbdown from his overall figures of 35.69. The seamers will look to target his weakness against the short ball.

One of Vusi Sibanda's biggest problems has been his consistency, but in the last six games, he has delivered better, with a century and two fifties at an average of 66.60. Had he batted through the bulk of the innings on Friday, Zimbabwe would have been in with a fighting chance. His dismissal in the 21st over, caught at midwicket, was untimely.

Team news

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohit Sharma and Parvez Rasool are yet to get a game, but it's uncertain if India will change its winning combination yet.

India (probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Mohammed Shami

Ray Price is in the squad and Zimbabwe could use his experience as the second spinner.

Zimbabwe (probable): 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Sikandar Raza, 3 Hamilton Masakadza, 4 Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), 5 Malcolm Waller, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Prosper Utseya, 9 Brian Vitori, 10 and 11 Kyle Jarvis/Tendai Chatara/Ray Price

Stats and trivia

  • India have recorded the most ODI wins (42) among all countries since the start of the 2011 World Cup. Zimbabwe have eight
  • Rohit Sharma averages 56.20 in ODIs in Zimbabwe, with two centuries

Quotes

"What's quite frustrating is we should be learning from the opposition. We look at guys like Kohli bat, they don't play too many rash shots, they just keep it simple and we should be learning from that. We're not, and we've got to start doing that, otherwise we're going to find it difficult."
Zimbabwe coach Andy Waller is keen on this series being a rich learning experience

"You need a lot of match practice - that's what I feel. That way you learn how to take the pressure and how to play in different situations. I feel that works for us."
Shikhar Dhawan has some advice for Zimbabwe

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 28, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Indian national selectors seem to be thinking straight; but I am not sure about the tour selectors. If the purpose is to:

    1. Give exposure to the "next" level of players; 2. Sift Grain from the chaff (use this as a trials / audition): & 3. Have a larger pool of players to choose from for national duty.

    Please try out: 1. Pujara in place of Rohit. 2. Mohit Sharma in place of Vinay Kumar, & 3. Rasool in place of Mishra (selectors know Mishra quite well)

    That is the minimum replacements, they should execute, ASAP.

  • mukesh_garg on July 28, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Zim should believe that they can win. Everyone in the team needs to bring their best game and make it count. India is vulnerable as was evident in the last game. A Zim win is very much on the cards with some resolute batting, tight bowling and commited fielding. India on the other hand needs to use this series to make some important decisions about their future team in this format . Openers: Dhawan with Rohit, Rahane or Pujara?. Pujara should definitely play but opener or number 3/4/5? Is Rohit dependable? Is there place for DK after Dhoni returns? Who should be given a chance alongside Bhuvneshwar and Ishant: Mohit, Unadkat or Sami. Is Mishra good for a few years before considering someone like Rasool as back up for Ashwin/Jadeja. Here is a good team to answer some of the questions: Dhawan,Rahane(alternate with Rohit),Kohli,Pujara,Raina,DK,Jadeja,Mishra(alt with Rasool),Sami,Unadkat and Mohit. PS: Playing Rayadu and Vinay serves no purpose. They have no place in the near future.

  • SamWintson92 on July 27, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    My team for 3rd ODI: ZIM XI: 1 Raza 2 Sibanda 3 Masakadza 4 Taylor (C WK) 5 Williams 6 Chigumbura 7 Waller 8 Utseya 9 Price 10 Vitori 11 Chatara. IND XI: 1 Dhawan 2 Rohit 3 Kohli (C) 4 Rayudu 5 Raina 6 Karthik (WK) 7 Jadeja 8 Mishra 9 Unadkat 10 Shami 11 Mohit. For ZIM: a) Zim just can't learn from mistakes. How long Zim will stick to so expensive Jarvis & avoid the economical experience Price. Price should definitely replace Jarvis b) Vitori & Chatara should comprise the pace attack along with Chigumbura c) There's no point on sending Chigumbura so delayed when the match is already lost for Zim. Chigumbura should bat at least at 6 ahead of Waller. For IND: a) It's high time Ind bring in Mohit in place of Vinay. Mohit is very skillful with variations like slower ones, yorker, back of the hand etc.

  • palla.avinash on July 28, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Drop rohit sharma and play pujara please he can be next tendulkar in odis

  • on July 28, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Totally agree with Testcricfan. But that should be done only if India wins the 3rd ODI and have unassailable lead in the series.

  • on July 28, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Zimbabwe had shown the world cricket many fantastic cricketers in the past. We had seen Hauton, Kevin Karan, Flowers, Neil Johnson,Dougie Marillier, Paul Strang, Eddo Brandes, Murray goodwin, Campbell, Whittal brothers, Olonga, Carlisle, Heath Streak & many more... But now they are no.10 in the ranking but that doesn't mean they are no good long. They were more competitive in those days. Cricket in Zimbabwe was mostly played by white community but now every community is playing these days. Good to see Utseya, Chigumbura, Masakadza, Chatara & many more now. I am really disappointed to see some comments on players as well as on teams. We should be apologetic if we said in a rush of blood. Blade-Runner should keep in mind while writing on forum. If you take on no.1 team, batsman or bowler every time unnecessarily, you will lose your credibility in a civil society. Don't treat Zim as no.10 team. All they require good support that no.1 team is giving to make them competitive once again.

  • on July 28, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    All the best team india. Seal the series......

  • Muneshg on July 28, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I would give Rahane a chance to open the innings with Shikar Dhawan. No doubt Rohit is a quality player but the rate at which he is scoring runs doesn't suit as an ODI opening batsmen.

  • on July 28, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    give breaks to raina, jadeja and vinay kumar, and pick pujara and mohit sharma and rasool. Lets give them a chance. Time to give the bench a chance.

  • on July 27, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    shikar dawan is spot on. no point in talking about spreading cricket unless teams like India England etc travel to ireland Zimbabwe Netherlands Kenya etc. These nations have potential and what they lack is top level experience. not to forget revenue frim bigger teams touring. why cant icc make it mandatory for top 8 teams to travel or invite at least one associate members every year. it would surely be more meaningful ygan recent tri series in WI

  • on July 28, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Indian national selectors seem to be thinking straight; but I am not sure about the tour selectors. If the purpose is to:

    1. Give exposure to the "next" level of players; 2. Sift Grain from the chaff (use this as a trials / audition): & 3. Have a larger pool of players to choose from for national duty.

    Please try out: 1. Pujara in place of Rohit. 2. Mohit Sharma in place of Vinay Kumar, & 3. Rasool in place of Mishra (selectors know Mishra quite well)

    That is the minimum replacements, they should execute, ASAP.

  • mukesh_garg on July 28, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Zim should believe that they can win. Everyone in the team needs to bring their best game and make it count. India is vulnerable as was evident in the last game. A Zim win is very much on the cards with some resolute batting, tight bowling and commited fielding. India on the other hand needs to use this series to make some important decisions about their future team in this format . Openers: Dhawan with Rohit, Rahane or Pujara?. Pujara should definitely play but opener or number 3/4/5? Is Rohit dependable? Is there place for DK after Dhoni returns? Who should be given a chance alongside Bhuvneshwar and Ishant: Mohit, Unadkat or Sami. Is Mishra good for a few years before considering someone like Rasool as back up for Ashwin/Jadeja. Here is a good team to answer some of the questions: Dhawan,Rahane(alternate with Rohit),Kohli,Pujara,Raina,DK,Jadeja,Mishra(alt with Rasool),Sami,Unadkat and Mohit. PS: Playing Rayadu and Vinay serves no purpose. They have no place in the near future.

  • SamWintson92 on July 27, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    My team for 3rd ODI: ZIM XI: 1 Raza 2 Sibanda 3 Masakadza 4 Taylor (C WK) 5 Williams 6 Chigumbura 7 Waller 8 Utseya 9 Price 10 Vitori 11 Chatara. IND XI: 1 Dhawan 2 Rohit 3 Kohli (C) 4 Rayudu 5 Raina 6 Karthik (WK) 7 Jadeja 8 Mishra 9 Unadkat 10 Shami 11 Mohit. For ZIM: a) Zim just can't learn from mistakes. How long Zim will stick to so expensive Jarvis & avoid the economical experience Price. Price should definitely replace Jarvis b) Vitori & Chatara should comprise the pace attack along with Chigumbura c) There's no point on sending Chigumbura so delayed when the match is already lost for Zim. Chigumbura should bat at least at 6 ahead of Waller. For IND: a) It's high time Ind bring in Mohit in place of Vinay. Mohit is very skillful with variations like slower ones, yorker, back of the hand etc.

  • palla.avinash on July 28, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Drop rohit sharma and play pujara please he can be next tendulkar in odis

  • on July 28, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Totally agree with Testcricfan. But that should be done only if India wins the 3rd ODI and have unassailable lead in the series.

  • on July 28, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Zimbabwe had shown the world cricket many fantastic cricketers in the past. We had seen Hauton, Kevin Karan, Flowers, Neil Johnson,Dougie Marillier, Paul Strang, Eddo Brandes, Murray goodwin, Campbell, Whittal brothers, Olonga, Carlisle, Heath Streak & many more... But now they are no.10 in the ranking but that doesn't mean they are no good long. They were more competitive in those days. Cricket in Zimbabwe was mostly played by white community but now every community is playing these days. Good to see Utseya, Chigumbura, Masakadza, Chatara & many more now. I am really disappointed to see some comments on players as well as on teams. We should be apologetic if we said in a rush of blood. Blade-Runner should keep in mind while writing on forum. If you take on no.1 team, batsman or bowler every time unnecessarily, you will lose your credibility in a civil society. Don't treat Zim as no.10 team. All they require good support that no.1 team is giving to make them competitive once again.

  • on July 28, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    All the best team india. Seal the series......

  • Muneshg on July 28, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I would give Rahane a chance to open the innings with Shikar Dhawan. No doubt Rohit is a quality player but the rate at which he is scoring runs doesn't suit as an ODI opening batsmen.

  • on July 28, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    give breaks to raina, jadeja and vinay kumar, and pick pujara and mohit sharma and rasool. Lets give them a chance. Time to give the bench a chance.

  • on July 27, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    shikar dawan is spot on. no point in talking about spreading cricket unless teams like India England etc travel to ireland Zimbabwe Netherlands Kenya etc. These nations have potential and what they lack is top level experience. not to forget revenue frim bigger teams touring. why cant icc make it mandatory for top 8 teams to travel or invite at least one associate members every year. it would surely be more meaningful ygan recent tri series in WI

  • VVSR92 on July 27, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Ind should seal the seris tomorrow & look to give the talented guys on bench a go in the top order or make them open the bowling . Mohit should come in place of vinay or ahmed . rasool can be played in place of jadeja who can be given a rest . pujara should either open or bat @ 4 with raina rested & rayudu shiftied to # 5 . Rahane should be given a shot at opening with rohit rested .

  • santcs on July 27, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    A perfect team n order: #1 Shikhar Dhawan, #2 CA Pujara/Rohit Sharma, #3 Virat Kohli , #4. Dinesh Karthik , #5. Ambati Rayudu #6. Suresh Raina, #7 Ravindra Jadeja, #8. Amit Mishra, #9. M Shami Ahmed, #10. Jaydev Unadkat, #11. MM Sharma.

  • Anti_ZCFOutkast on July 27, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Why would Jarvis be dropped, he is the second-leading wicket-taker for Zimbabwe in this series so far. Chatara has looked great too, just need to get Shingi back and the pace bowling is set. Just think that a few years ago we were making do with trundlers like Rainsford and Panyangara which compares poorly to our explosive pace attack we now boast.

  • ZCFOutkast on July 27, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Absolutely shocking! There should be no question marks whatsoever over Chatara's presence in tomorrow's starting XI for Zim! Sibanda&Hami have both been dropped recently for poor form in the short term. That proved no one is immune to such treatment, but then again Mangongo was at the helm.

    Taylor being captain means he gets extra lifelines, but if the coach's son plays again, & Jarvis is not dropped I'll lose it! Stop trying to earn players one of the ten very limited central contracts when they clearly don't deserve them due to being unsuited to most formats!

    Excluding our two most durable&effective seamers across formats for this India series - Mpofu&Shingi, is not going to prevent them earning their contracts. Taylor, Vusi, Hami, Elton, Utseya, Mpofu, Vitori&Mawoyo should retain their contracts, while Shingi&Mushangwe should be added. Mushangwe should put an end to the embarrassment Cremer's legspin has subjected us to! Maybe add Jarvis&fickle Williams, but in whose place? Sorry!

  • on July 27, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Not sure why the Zim selectors ignore Ed Rainsford and the tried and tested Tawanda Mupariwa and instead select bowlers like Chatara instead who clearly look out of their depth !

  • on July 27, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    i think pujara, rasool, mohit in playing XI and raina, jadeja and shami out next game

  • vakkaraju on July 27, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Raina's time may be coming to an end. He had a great chance in the last game to steady the ship and bat with Dhawan. His lack of application and patience may spell his doom. In tough conditions he needed to play himself in. He seems to think 10 dot balls are a disgrace and he needs to do something dramatic. Sehwag may have succeeded with this approach but he had a lot more control and talent. Raina may soon be tweeting good luck to his former teammates a la Gambhir.

  • Testcricfan on July 27, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Team India should look to seal the series tomorrow and give chances to the newer players. Vinay looks pedestrian military medium and nearing 30, has no international future. Shami has a very good outswinger but over does the short ball for his pace. But he is very raw and would get better with experience. I am reminded of the young sreesanth when he first came on the scene, very promising. Unadkat has improved a lot in terms of pace and consistency, but would reserve judgement till he faces up to tougher opponents. My Changes after this game: Out --> Kohli, Raina, Jadeja (Stars rested) & Vinay (Dropped). In --> Rahane (#3), Pujara (long term #4), Rasool (Backup for Ashwin/Jadeja), Mohit (in place of Vinay). Dinesh Karthik should be made the captain being the senior pro in the field.

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Raina is one of the best cricketers in world.His atheletism save 10-20 runs every match he usually take difficult catches .He is a great finisher and there is no word like form in his dictionary.He needs just one good innings and his criticisers will stop criticising him.He performs well against world's best bowler.Narine to him is like any other simple bowler.He is a good finisher.He can entertain people.I don't remember the last time rohit entertained people with his batting.He has performed several times when the batting collapsed.But yet his criticsers will criticise him and tell him to drop for rayudu who performed well few times in IPL. Raina did it several times more than rayudu or DK. Some people will say raina made only 3 centuries in his entire ODI career.Even hussey made only 3 hundreds in his career.So what?I would say drop rohit,bring in pujara . Best team according to me:Pujara,Dhawan,Kohli,Dhoni,Yuvraj,Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi,Yadav,Unadkat

  • vsroc on July 27, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 27,2013) Hope,our bowlers will come out with early success in the third ODI against Zimbabwe.Let us hope that other reserve players will get their due chance to display their skills for proving their worth.

  • thecricketdiary on July 27, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Hopefully Pujara and Mohit Sharma get a game tomorrow. The series hadn't been won, but have Raina and Vinay Kumar really impressed?

  • --.-- on July 27, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    It's good to see that Unadkat has shown improvement. Improved Unadkat being a left arm seamer can be an asset to Indian team. And he is only 21 !

    Vinay Kumar and Shami look average bowlers.

    Mohit Sharma has picked up wickets regularly for CSK in IPL with the new ball. He is not fast either but he has good control over seam, makes the ball move and pick wickets. He can be tried in place of either Shami or Vinay.

    Rasool too deserves a chance. But I think he will have to wait for his chance until Team Ind make sure they can't lose series.

    This series with Zim can be very productive for team Ind as it may help making pool 20-25 players that will be ready for WC 2015.

    Good luck to both teams for tomorrow's match.

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should take some rest and give a chance to Pujara. Rohit need a break. Waiting to watch how pujara will perform. I support to Deeksha Hart for a perfect team selection. It is a very good combination.

  • --.-- on July 27, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner

    He has been in poor form for few months. I think he too needs a Break like other seniors and everything will be normal. There are other contenders too who can replace him easily.

    Once Yuvi gets Fully Fit, He will be back in the side. Then Raina's place can be in danger if he continuous his poor form as other youngsters have grabbed their opportunities like Jadeja, Dhawan and Rohit (to some extent.)

    I still think Pujara should open with Dhawan as he has got good defensive mechanism and he finds gaps instead of going for BIG shots. Rohit can come down the order.

  • Srini_Indian on July 27, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    I'm very sick of people calling some series as "meaningless", "lack of context". Every series these players play, they gain valuable experience and by the time world cup comes, India would be very experienced with most of the new players played around 100 matches. Even before 2011 world cup, these people called the bilateral ODI series in India as meaningless and what not. Believe it or not, those series played a vital role in India's triumph in 2011 CWC. Good luck to India, make it 3-0.

  • Narbavi on July 27, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: In those last 10 innings which u mentioned, two were unbeaten, a couple of crucial knocks, then a couple of innings where he didn't have much to do because the match was pretty much over by the time he entered, he needs to score no doubt, but calling him 'not much of a batsman' is harsh

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Vinay Kumar and Raina have been extremely disappointing. I am sure there will be no changes for the 3rd as irrespective of the opposition, the name of the game is to win the series. Hopefully after wrapping up the the 3rd, Mohit, Rasool, Pujara and Rahane will be in the XI. The two biggest disappointments in Indian Cricket lately have been Raina and Ishant [yeah, I am always complaining about Ishant]. What is also surprising is a lack of a good leg spinner in the Indian team. I wonder what the Indian think tank is going to do about it, because in my opinion, a good leg spinner will be very effective in SA, Australia and England among other places. India never had a good fast bowlers but a leg spinner? What is going on?

  • usernames on July 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Pujara, Dhawan, Raina, Kohli, Rayudu, DK, Rasool, Mishra, Jadeja, Mohit, Unadkat.

  • santcs on July 27, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Kohli has to understand the line up needs some changes. When top order failed in 2nd odi, DK should have been sent ahead of Raina for steading the ship. Raina would be more effective at no.6 than 5. If Dhawan was not fortunate enough in the couple of lives he got, the recovery would have been tougher in that time.

    In next odi Rayudu will be better as no.5 Raina at no.6 and DK as no.4. Rohit can get his original middle order position too by promoting DK up, but this can be done after sealing the series.

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Suresh Raina's last 10 innings read as 7, 1, 44, 33, 10, 4, 32, 0, 4. Not much of a batsman, is he ??

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I think they should try Mohit instead Vinay and Pujara instead Rohit in this game and for last two games Rahane for Raina and Rasool instead Jadeja. They should try out all our bench strength.

  • nicknick24 on July 27, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Now that India have won two matches they should try Mohit Sharma instead of Vinay Kumar,Chateshwar Pujara instead of Raina/Raydu and Parveez Rasool instead of Ravindra Jadeja

  • Narbavi on July 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I would recommend just one change for this game, Pujara for Rohit at the top, Vinay deserves one more game, Raina needs to be given an another chance and if he fails again then he needs to be replaced by Rahane for the 4th game, either way Rahane needs to play as i would recommend rest for Raina or Dhawan

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    India is at the top of their game and so Zimbabwe will find it very difficult to beat them .

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 CA Pujara, 3 Virat Kohli , 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Dinesh Karthik , 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 MM Sharma

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 CA Pujara, 3 Virat Kohli , 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Dinesh Karthik , 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 MM Sharma

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    India is at the top of their game and so Zimbabwe will find it very difficult to beat them .

  • Narbavi on July 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I would recommend just one change for this game, Pujara for Rohit at the top, Vinay deserves one more game, Raina needs to be given an another chance and if he fails again then he needs to be replaced by Rahane for the 4th game, either way Rahane needs to play as i would recommend rest for Raina or Dhawan

  • nicknick24 on July 27, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Now that India have won two matches they should try Mohit Sharma instead of Vinay Kumar,Chateshwar Pujara instead of Raina/Raydu and Parveez Rasool instead of Ravindra Jadeja

  • on July 27, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I think they should try Mohit instead Vinay and Pujara instead Rohit in this game and for last two games Rahane for Raina and Rasool instead Jadeja. They should try out all our bench strength.

  • Blade-Runner on July 27, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Suresh Raina's last 10 innings read as 7, 1, 44, 33, 10, 4, 32, 0, 4. Not much of a batsman, is he ??

  • santcs on July 27, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Kohli has to understand the line up needs some changes. When top order failed in 2nd odi, DK should have been sent ahead of Raina for steading the ship. Raina would be more effective at no.6 than 5. If Dhawan was not fortunate enough in the couple of lives he got, the recovery would have been tougher in that time.

    In next odi Rayudu will be better as no.5 Raina at no.6 and DK as no.4. Rohit can get his original middle order position too by promoting DK up, but this can be done after sealing the series.

  • usernames on July 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Pujara, Dhawan, Raina, Kohli, Rayudu, DK, Rasool, Mishra, Jadeja, Mohit, Unadkat.

  • on July 27, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Vinay Kumar and Raina have been extremely disappointing. I am sure there will be no changes for the 3rd as irrespective of the opposition, the name of the game is to win the series. Hopefully after wrapping up the the 3rd, Mohit, Rasool, Pujara and Rahane will be in the XI. The two biggest disappointments in Indian Cricket lately have been Raina and Ishant [yeah, I am always complaining about Ishant]. What is also surprising is a lack of a good leg spinner in the Indian team. I wonder what the Indian think tank is going to do about it, because in my opinion, a good leg spinner will be very effective in SA, Australia and England among other places. India never had a good fast bowlers but a leg spinner? What is going on?

  • Narbavi on July 27, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Blade-Runner: In those last 10 innings which u mentioned, two were unbeaten, a couple of crucial knocks, then a couple of innings where he didn't have much to do because the match was pretty much over by the time he entered, he needs to score no doubt, but calling him 'not much of a batsman' is harsh