With Chepauk all set to be a packed house (leaving out the three stands which still await clearance from the local authorities) for the weekender clash, both the teams would be hoping to start proceedings on a winning note. On this, Virat said he would like to try with the all-rounders as most of the teams are doing the same now a days. This time for a limited-over series with both team gearing up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
With the Sri Lanka series, Team India took one step towards their plan of rotation and experimentation to create a batting-order line up so versatile that batsman can produce as in when required from any position. "I'd say it'll play a reasonable part throughout this series". Rohit, however, said "we have a good bench strength andwe got a few guys to replace Shikar and spinner R Ashwin, who was rested". Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Dhoni have played extremely well in the series against Sri-Lanka and hence these are they are the key batsman to look up in this series as well. I am not sure but we are ready for both.
Shikhar Dhawan's unavailability has proved to be a blessing in disguise for Kohli as he gets an opportunity to test his back-up opener in Ajinkya Rahane and also give K.L. Rahul a long rope at No.4. Hes also opened a lot in ODIs as well. Even though a thundershower is predicted around the afternoon, heavy winds should blow the clouds over and the first ODI is likely to see a result. He also felt that he found it hard to switch. However, a shoulder injury ruled him out of the Champions Trophy, and when he came back Kohli wanted him in the middle order. "95 percent of the pitches around the world are similar in ODIs", the former Australian skipper Michael Clarke said on Tuesday.
Smith has earmarked the threat of India left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, and Kohli has hinted he could unleash the 22-year-old and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the same XI. Your preparation should matter your preparations should matter more than who you are playing against. "It is a great advantage to have two wrist spinners in your team, especially when both are so different to each other and both can pick wickets in the middle-overs".
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"I think they still have got a very strong batting line-up whether KL Rahul opens or Ajinkya Rahane does". Because we believe that he has the ability. So, we like to prepare the same way and we like to play with the same kind of intensity regardless of who we are playing against.
From time to time we are being assured that Virat Kohli's team is the best in the business and that there is no reason why they should not smash every conceivable record. "I am not going to think about what happened in the past", he said. I feel that intense competition should be there for the game to have that excitement and keep this game alive.
"No, I don't think that we need to look at any series differently".