India Playing XI 2nd ODI: Deepak Chahar RULED OUT, Avesh Khan to continue, Shahbaz Ahmed likely to debut, Follow IND vs SA 2nd ODI LIVE Updates

India’s loss in the 1st ODI wasn’t a big deal as it was about getting some crucial match practice under the belt. But the manner will disappoint the team management. The bowlers despite a great start surrendered to the brilliance of Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller. As for the top order, they could not stand up to Kagiso Rabada & Co. But despite poor bowling in the second half of the innings, Shikhar Dhawan won’t have Deepak Chahar available as he has been ruled out with a twisted ankle. Avesh Khan will continue in his place. But Shahbaz Ahmed is likely to get his debut.

From 92/3 in 20 overs, Team India gave away 157 runs in the last 20 overs of the match. Mohammed Siraj despite a bright start went for runs. Ravi Bishnoi was poor throughout the game while Avesh Khan once again had a poor outing. But in Ranchi, India won’t have Deepak Chahar available as he has twisted his ankle during practice.

Deepak Chahar is still in contention as the replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in T20 World Cup squad. If Mohammed Shami is not fit enough by October 15, it is likely that Chahar will get the go-ahead. He has done enough to trump Mohammed Siraj but is still behind Shami. Hence, India will not risk him in the ODI series.

As for the batting, India had a rare off day with Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill both failing to fire. Ruturaj Gaikwad once again disappointed in India colours. Shreyas Iyer did well but would be disappointed not to see the game off. Sanju Samson played brilliantly but could not pace his game properly and ran out of partners in the end.

India Playing XI 2nd ODI: What changes can Shikhar Dhawan make?

Despite failure on his ODI debut, Ruturaj Gaikwad is expected to keep his place.
But India’s lack of 6th bowling option is a concern.
India’s top-6 comprised of two wicketkeepers and 4 pure batters in the 1st ODI.
That did not help Shikhar Dhawan when Miller-Klaasen went on to build an unbeaten 139-run stand.
Hence, India may opt to go with either Ruturaj Gaikwad or Ihhan Kishan in the playing XI.
That could see Shahbaz Ahmed getting his ODI debut cap.
With him in the side, India can have better batting depth.
Shahbaz has done excellently with both bat and the ball in the domestic circuit and IPL to get the nod.
Avesh Khan is also a problematic selection for Team India.
He returned with 0/51 in his 8 overs and doesn’t have a proven batting pedigree.
Hence, after Shardul Thakur, India do not have any batting option in the lower order.
But with Deepak Chahar ruled out, India will have to go with Avesh Khan.

As for India’s batting, it didn’t work out against South Africa in the 1st ODI, but there is no reason to panic. Dhawan and Gill have rarely failed together. They are expected to hit the top gear on Sunday. However, time is running out for Ruturaj Gaikwad in Team India.

Despite his superb show in domestic cricket and IPL, he hasn’t quite left a mark in Team India in both T20 and ODI formats. In the 1st ODI, he scored just 19 off 42 balls, batting at No 3. He might get another chance in the 2nd ODI and he will have to deliver. Else, the SA series might see him go to a lengthy exile with Sanju Samson performing consistently.

India Playing XI 2nd ODI:

Shikhar Dhawan
Shubman Gill
Ishan Kishan
Shreyas Iyer
Sanju Samson (WK)
Shahbaz Ahmed
Shardul Thakur
Avesh Khan
Kuldeep Yadav
Ravi Bishnoi
Mohammed Siraj

In bowling department, Ravi Bishnoi had an off-day. He was the most expensive bowler, conceding 1/69 in his 8 overs. As he is in the T20 World Cup reserves, he is likely to get game time. But he too has to prove his worth with Kuldeep Yadav delivering. For him to be in the fray for ODI World Cup next year, every match will count.

However, the same may not be the case anymore for Avesh Khan. With Deepak Chahar back in action and Mukesh Kumar knocking at the door besides Shams Mulani, time is running out for Avesh Khan. He was promptly dropped from T20 squad following a disappointing Asia Cup campaign. In the first ODI, he gave away 51 runs without any wickets in his 8 overs. In all likelihood, he will be booted for Deepak Chahar in the Ranchi ODI.

India ODI Squad vs South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson (wk), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Mukesh Kumar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Deepak Chahar