India’s wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is set to be rested for the last 2 ODIs of the series against Australia. Sanjay Bangar, the batting coach confirmed on Friday. To replace Dhoni, Rishabh Pant will step in the line-up. For the 21-year-old, these will be the last two opportunities to find a place in India’s squad for the World Cup.
The team management might also look to rest Mohammed Shami. The pacer was hit on his left leg while bowling by a straight drive. Due to the minor injury, he had to walk off the field. However, he came back to finish his quota of 10 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had joined the squad for the last 3 ODIs and he might be slotted in.
“Shami also had a hit on the leg. We have to see whether he’ll be fit for the game. If he’s not fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play. Those decisions the captain and coach take it before the game,” said Bangar as quoted by Cricbuzz.
India lost the 3rd ODI in Ranchi and the scoreline lies at 2-1 in their favor. The captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation that there will be a few changes in the last 2 ODIs. But the focus will be to win the matches despite trying out new players.
“We will have a few changes in the next couple of games. We have to figure out what those changes are. But the idea is to go out there and win matches and take a lot of pride in winning games for the country. That mindset will not change. We will have a few new faces and they will have to make the most of their chances because there is a World Cup coming and everyone wants to be on that flight,” said Kohli.