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4 Indian players who need to prove a point in this ODI series against Australia

Vaskar Gautam
ANALYST
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2.80K   //    11 Jan 2019, 23:45 IST

Australia v India ODI Series Captains Trophy
Australia v India ODI Series Captains Trophy

India's tour of Australia is coming to its penultimate end. With T20 series being drawn by 1-1 and the Test series belonging to India by 2-1, it is now time for the ODI series. After the intriguing Test series, everyone is expecting a very exciting 3 match ODI series between the two teams.

The ODI teams of both Australia and India are quite different from the Test team. Some new faces and some limited overs specialists will be making their way into the team. With the Cricket World Cup just 6 months away, both teams would like to get their combinations right.

As far as Team India is concerned there a few questions yet to be answered properly ahead of the World Cup. Some players would like to prove a point in this series and ensure their ticket to England. So let's take a look at 5 such Indian players who are desperate to perform in this series.


#4 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvi would be desperate to perform in the ODI series
Bhuvi would be desperate to perform in the ODI series

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the best bowlers in the Indian bowling line-up. His ability to swing the ball both ways makes him very dangerous and he also has a good yorker and slower ball to tighten things up at the death.

Bhuvi was a part of the Test squad that won the first ever Test series in Australia but he never got the chance to play in any one of the four matches. So he has been warming the bench for over a month now. He played in the three-match T20 series against the hosts Australia but he didn't seem effective at all.

Bhuvi got injured on the tour of England and had to leave the tour mid-way without playing in the Test matches. Since his return from injury, Kumar has looked sloppy. The swing for which he is known for is missing and he has failed to pick up wickets regularly.

In 2018, Kumar has played 14 ODI matches and has picked up just 11 wickets. With the likes of Khaleel Ahmed coming to the scene and picking up wickets, Bhuvi must tighten things up now. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, he would be the leader of India's bowling attack and would like to pull off a good performance in the series.

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