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India suffered a 2-1 series defeat in the ODIs against Bangladesh for the first time ever in the history, which was a reality check for for the Men-in-Blue. However, everything is far from lost for India, who could come up with new changes and strategies that could help them in the upcoming games and series. Ayush Gupta takes a look at the possible changes Team India can come up with in the ODI squad.

Following the twin defeat in the first couple of ODIs at Dhaka, it was more or less assumed that Bangladesh had played some real good cricket as they outclassed the Indian team in almost every department of the game. The assumption was a correct one as their new style of gameplay and their recent form, along with good results proved it to be correct, and an historic series win against the former world champions was something which they truly deserved. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni was treated badly after Bangladesh series defeat, feels Shahid Afridi

However, considering the Indian gameplay and strategy, it appears that the current tactics don’t seem to work anymore for the former world champions, and a new approach needs to be implemented in order to get back to the winning ways and gain positive results.

Firstly, it seems that the batting order needs to be shuffled. The top-order, which primarily consists of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, could do with a couple of changes. Kohli could try out to open the innings alongside Dhawan. Dropping Rohit to number three won’t be much of an issue as he has previously batted at the position, although he has not been impressive in the few innings that he has batted in that position. However, that does not carry much significance as he can still bat freely.

The middle order, dominated by the likes of Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny, can also be given a facelift. Dhoni recently promoted himself to No.4 after a poor run with the bat at number six, his usual spot. The move turned out to be a positive one as the ODI skipper went on to score 47 and 69 in the remaining ODIs after being dismissed for five in the first game. Mohammed Shami: I played World Cup with a knee injury

With Rahane and Rayudu rotating their routines in the squad, it could be a good option to try out both the players in the middle order. Also, moving Jadeja a place up the order, i.e. at number six, could prove to be fruitful. It could lead to Raina going down the order by a little, but it would hardly affect his game. Being a handy player that he is, he should be able to bat comfortably in almost any position he comes in. Also, giving a chance to both Jadeja and Binny at a time could prove to be vital as Dhoni would get more bowling option. However, this would again lead to either of Rahane or Rayudu to miss out.

Finally, in the bowling attack, Ravichandran Ashwin undoubtedly sticks to his place due to his dominant form in the recent games. There is however a major competition among the bottom three. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni are the prime contenders to lead the pace attack. While Bhuvneshwar more or less confirms his spot at No. 9, Umesh and Mohit are likely to lead the race at No. 10 and 11 respectively.

However, promoting Kulkarni in the line-up with quite a few chances could well prove to be useful for the young pacer, and could in turn also lead to him becoming a spearhead of Indian pace attack. Akshar Patel is one of the players who is yet to shine as an all-rounder in the squad, both with bat and the ball. Giving him enough chances too would lead to his improvement and ending his probation period in the Indian squad. Once he gets his rhythm, it will certainly boost his confidence and could contribute to the Indian spin attack alongside Ashwin. Mohit has so far proved to be a good bowler who can be depended on. However, his inconsistency sometimes leads to his fallout and needs to work upon it.

Bringing in some fresh players in the squad could be of really help. The likes of Robin Uthappa, Baba Aparajith, Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal among others, have been consistent in the domestic circuit, as well as have put up a thorough and commanding performance in the IPL 2015. It is only fair that these names are considered for the Indian squad to see where they stand on the international level and see how they fit themselves in the squad. The upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, for a limited-over series, is the best place to do it as it is a small platform, and a fair performance would definitely lead to recognition in the upcoming big and major series of the calendar year.

(Ayush Gupta is a reporter at CricketCountry. A passionate supporter of Manchester United, he idolises Roger Federer and is also a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) maniac. He can be followed on Twitter @Ayush24x7)