By the consistent and dominant performance, the men in blue succeeded to register their first ever bilateral series triumph on the South African soil. The top order gave a rocking performance but no experiments are done in the middle order placements till now. Team India took this series as a trial-run for testing the efficiency of the players for the upcoming World cup. The following changes can be done in the team placement for the final ODI against South Africa.
- Rest Captain Kohli
The captain did very well in this series and he had long and tiresome innings throughout this matches. Giving a break to him will be an opportunity for a new player as well as a chance to test the player’s preparation for the upcoming World cup 2019.
Rest for a one-dayer gives Kohli the rest he required and an opportunity to give Rohit a chance to lead the team. Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav can be allowed to play in no.3 to estimate their performance in the top order.
- Rest Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah had a long tour as well as he is the consistent and economic bowler throughout this series. Giving him rest for a match makes him time to rejuvenate and play well in the T20I series. The management can try Shradul Thakur or Mohammed Shami instead. Shami is bowling with a good line and length and on the other hand, Bhuwaneswar Kumar is expensive in this series. Shami is expected to do well to restrict the opponents in the death overs.
3.Give a break to one of the spin twins
Yuzwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav played a pivotal role in the team’s series victory by hitting the opponent’s Innings with consistent performance. They did great to restrict the opponents at the need of the hour. Giving a break to one of these spinners will be a good way to experiment with the new players like Axar Patel. It won’t go wrong if Axar is given a chance who is good at hurdling the opponent batsmen in his own style. It can also give the management an idea about his batting performance and to make a decision about providing him a chance to play in the world cup 2019.
- MS Dhoni should be placed in the Top order
Dhoni may not make a considerable score in this series except his 42 runs in the fourth one-dayer but he did great in mentoring the fielders and the spin-duo throughout this series. Allowing him to play in the top order may give a chance to make a good score and keep the team stronger. If he was asked to play in the top-middle order, he may be allowed to play at the fourth or fifth places and Rahane can be placed at no.3 in the batting line-up.
- Better to bat first if the toss is won
In case if Kohli is provided a break, winning the toss and batting first is a good strategy as the spin duo proved to be good at restricting the opponents from making a huge score and Dhawan, Rahane and Dhoni proved themselves good at building the Indian Innings in all the consequences. India managed to win the first match and the low scored second match in the ODI series by batting first.
On the other hand, the abilities of Manish Pandey or Kedar Jadhav will be brought into the light if the Indians have to chase. The chase in the final ODI can be predicted as an opportunity to test the capability of middle order in a crucial situation.