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While India go into the fifth and final One-Day International (OD) against Australia with nothing but pride to play for, it could be an excellent opportunity for some of the new comers like Barinder Sran, Rishi Dhawan and Gurkeerat Singh to prove their worth. It has been a rough tour for them, but will certainly be a huge learning curve for each and every one of them. Sran had an impressive debut at Perth, but he failed to have any sort of impact in the next two games, going wicketless in both. The likes of Rishi and Gurkeerat had a golden chance to win India the game at Canberra, but their lack of experience at the biggest stage showed as they perished playing extravagant strokes when there was absolutely no need. FULL SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 5th ODI at Sydney

While Manish Pandey had a brilliant debut against Zimbabwe last year, he has just managed six runs in the two games he has played in the series so far. He should ideally replace either Rishi or Gurkeerat for the final ODI and he will have to make it count. Pandey has been picked in the side ahead of big hitters like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, who are excellent finishers.

It is not as though these players lack temperament. They have performed extremely well in the domestic tournaments and rightly deserve their place in the Indian squad. Eventually, it boils down to whether they grab their opportunities or not. It is going to be difficult as the Indian line-up consists of some of the best players in the world. Being on par with them could be tough, but that does not mean that new players cannot contribute. READ: India vs Australia 2015-16, 4th ODI at Canberra: India prove they don’t learn from mistakes

With Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma going for a plenty in each match, could be the opening that Sran needed. It is highly likely that Umesh will be the one replaced, if necessary and Sran could get yet another chance to prove himself. Sran by a long margin is the least experienced amongst the lot, but his selection proves that the Indian selectors are willing to back raw talent like him. It’s however up to him to justify his place.

With the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin doing rounds, he will surely come into the side either in place of either Rishi or Gurkeerat. The latter is the most likely candidate to miss out as India will already be having a couple of spinners in Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Rishi on the other hand offers gentle medium pacers, which could come in handy. If MS Dhoni feels that there is no need of a fast bowling all-rounder, Pandey may get another go in the side. Pandey has played just one innings in this series and it will be harsh by not picking him after just one failure.

Regardless of whoever makes it to the side for the final game, it will be their last chance in some time to showcase their talents on the grandest stage.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)