India’s One-day international campaign in Australia got off to a poor start with the men in blue tasting defeat at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday. With the World Cup round the corner, the last thing India would want is to leave Australia after a series defeat. But for Australia, the second One-day international (ODI) in Adelaide gives them the perfect chance to seal the series early. If the home team do win at Adelaide, it would definitely help them regain some lost pride as it will be the first ODI series they would have won in two years. Given the high stakes, Indian captain Virat Kohli has quite a few problems to address, none bigger than conundrum about India’s middle-order.
Assuming the Indian think-tank goes with Dhoni at 4, then those following him could be- Ambati Rayudu at 5, Kedar Jadhav at 6 and Ravindra Jadeja at 7. Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been flown in to join the squad ahead of the Adelaide ODI. But it isn’t certain he will be put in the playing XI straightaway. With Rayudu being reported for a suspect action, Jadhav’s all-round abilities make him a near certainty in the playing XI.