The Quint Picks India’s XI: Will Dhoni Please Bat at Four?

Take a look at The Quint’s Indian eleven for the first ODI against Australia at Perth on Tuesday.

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India’s captain MS Dhoni has a lot to think about ahead of the first ODI against Australia. (Photo: Reuters)

MS Dhoni’s men are all set to take on the mighty Australians in their home soil. The Indians will have to match the opposition’s aggression to be neck to neck with them in the series.

The men in blue didn’t win a single ODI series in 2015, so this series is all the more important.

The biggest problem in 2015 was the lack of form of regular number seven batsman Suresh Raina, which cost India the crucial 20-30 runs in the death overs.

Suresh Raina is dropped for this series, so who is going to take up the role?

The Quint pens down the probable Indian XI for the first ODI at Perth on Tuesday.

1. Rohit Sharma

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(Photo: Reuters)

Rohit Sharma had a disappointing series against South Africa apart from the hundred in the first ODI. The talented Mumbai batsman is yet to play to his potential in his career.

2. Shikhar Dhawan

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(Photo: Reuters)

Shikhar Dhawan had a horror series against the Proteas. He’ll definitely want to change his fortunes against his favourite opponent.

3. Virat Kohli

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(Photo: Reuters)

Virat Kohli will be expected to anchor the Indian innings yet again. And his achievements in Australia in the past should give him a lot of confidence.

Well, it was quite easy till now wasn’t it? The top three is definitely not changing. But who is going to bat at four, five and six?

4. MS Dhoni

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(Photo: Reuters)

Late in 2015, MS Dhoni had sent a strong message that he wanted to come out earlier in the order. In fact with some of his bigger knocks coming at the four of fifth spot against Bangladesh and South Africa- we believe it’s time the captain got to take this call for himself.

5. Manish Pandey

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(Photo: PTI)

With Suresh Raina watching from his couch in India, we feel Dhoni could finally give Manish Pandey his second ODI cap in Perth. This guy after all has picked up some serious street-cred in the domestic frame and even had that slight tragedy strike him when West Indies pulled out of the series just when he was named to play in the team.

Time for some Pandey striking?

6. Ajinkya Rahane

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(Photo: Reuters)

Ideally, Ajinkya Rahane is a top-order batsman but since there is no experience down the order, we expect the Mumbai lad will be pushed down to number six.

What’s a Rahane without a little challenge right? (No we wont ask him to keep, just yet)

7. Ravindra Jadeja

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(Photo: Reuters)

No Dhoni, you still dont have the “seaming all-rounder” you ordered a few seasons back.

But how about Jadeja to keep you happy for now? A steller show in whites against South Africa- but will he manage to continue the run in Australia?

Well with the bat atleast, we hope he will manage.

8. R Ashwin

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(Photo: Reuters)

R Ashwin was India’s premier bowler in 2015. He will be expected to lead the bowler’s pack once again and chip in with a few runs as well. He is slotted at number eight.

9. Umesh Yadav

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(Photo: Reuters)

Umesh Yadav was dropped after the second ODI against South Africa. He generally extracts extra bounce in Australia. Therefore, we think Dhoni will get him back.

10. Ishant Sharma

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(Photo: Reuters)

Ishant Sharma hasn’t bowled in a one-day international game since the third ODI against Sri Lanka in November 2014. He is finally back in the blues after a consistently performing in the whites in 2015.

Remember Ishant making Ricky Ponting dance anyone?

11. Barinder Sran

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(Photo: PTI)

Finally at number eleven, we have slotted Barinder Sran. MS Dhoni has always been known for giving chances to youngsters. And therefore, this promising young fast bowler might just get his first cap.

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