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India is all set to take on England in the fourth One-day International (ODI) at Birmingham. MS Dhoni’s boys will be full of confidence after their thumping victories at Cardiff and Nottingham and they would like to win the series in Edgbaston. Sandipan Banerjee finds out India’s possible XI that would take field on Tuesday.
India‘s fortunes in the tour of England has changed as soon as they donned colour clothing. After a embarrassing 1-3 defeat in the test series, MS Dhoni‘s boys came back strongly in the One-day International (ODI) series and they are already leading the series 2-0 with two more matches to go.
India is all set to take England in the fourth ODI at Birmingham. The visitors would be eager to win the series in Edgbaston and salvage some pride after the humiliating Test series defeat. After washout at Bristol, India fielded more or less their regular one-day side at Cardiff. But in the third match, India were forced to make one change as Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the series due to a injury and Ajinkya Rahane opened with Shikhar Dhawan.
MS Dhoni may not like to change the winning combination. Though Mohit Sharma’s fitness would be a concern for India. Here are the India’s likely eleven players (According to the batting order) who might take the field at Edgbaston.
Ajinkya Rahane: Though Murali Vijay, the specialist opener is available for selection in this match, but Ajinkya Rahane‘s crucial innings of 45 as an opener in the last match might earn him the place at the top of the batting order on Tuesday. Whenever he opened the innings in the limited over’s format he looked quite comfortable. So India might think of using him as an opener in future as well.
Shikhar Dhawan: For Dhawan, this match might be his last chance to perform. He has lately been out of form, and Dhoni would want to give him one more chance. In the last game at Nottingham, he was hitting the ball well but he played one shot too many and got out when he was looking set.
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli showed sign of coming back to form with a 50 ball 40 at Nottingham. So at Birmingham he would be keen to make a significant contribution for the team. In normal circumstances Kohli will come out to bat at number three in the batting order.
Ambati Rayudu: Rayudu grabbed his opportunity at Nottingham with a match winning 64 not out for India. Rayudu is in the world cup schemes of the selectors and they are giving him an extended run. The knock at Nottingham will give Rayudu and the selectors a lot of confidence.
Suresh Raina: Suresh Raina silenced his critics with a 75-ball 100 in the second game at Cardiff. The UP batsman followed it up with a swift 42 in the second ODI and currently he is the leading run-scorer of the series. Raina also shined with ball in the series. Currently he is India’s in form player and at number five he is India’s best bet.
MS Dhoni: India’s best batsman in ODIs. The Indian skipper has led the team brilliantly in the ongoing ODI series and would like to win his eight consecutive one-day match in English soil as a captain.
Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja played crucial role with ball in hand in the second and third ODI. By his performance Jadeja managed to silence his critics, who had been targeting him for his lack of capability in the longer version of the game, specially outside sub-continent. Though he is yet to prove himself with bat and justify his tag of an ‘all-rounder’.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin has had an average tour in the Test series. But in the one-day format he also showed his true colours. His figures of three for 39 at Nottingham earned him the man of the match and at Edgbaston his off-spin will play a crucial role.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Bhuvneshwar is having an average ODI series. He has taken only two wickets in the two matches. So at Birmingham Kumar will get another opportunity to sort his problems.
Mohammed Shami: Like Bhuvneshwar, Shami is also not having a great one-day series. With new ball he hasn’t looked very impressive. But keeping Mohit’s injury and Dhoni’s habit of playing tried and tested players in crucial matches in mind, Shami will maintain his place in the playing eleven.
Umesh Yadav: Yadav might get a game in the series if Mohit fails to recover from his injury. Jadav’s recent form is quite fine and he had a good tour of Australia with India A. Jadav’s pace would be handy for India.
(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at Cricket Country. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)
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