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5 Indian players from the Zimbabwe tour who could be permanent members of the ODI team

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21.47K   //    17 Jun 2016, 13:11 IST

Team India's limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe recently finished its first leg with the end of the ODI series. The visitors were on top of their game in all 3 matches and completed a whitewash over the Zimbabweans by winning 3-0. 

The hosts failed to reach the 200-run mark in either of the games and India chased down the low targets with consummate ease on all occasions. Although it was quite a team effort from the Indians, there were a few individual stars who shined bright for them.

Here are 5 players who staked a claim for a permanent spot in the current ODI team:

1. KL Rahul

KL Rahul
KL Rahul smashed a century on his ODI debut against Zimbabwe

The emergence of KL Rahul as an ODI batsman has been the greatest takeaway for India from their tour to Zimbabwe. The Karnataka batsman showed great form for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2016 IPL, which, in turn, earned him a spot in the Indian limited-overs team.

Rahul grabbed his opportunity with both hands and ended up being the highest run-scorer in the series with 196 runs in 3 innings. The right-hander also became the first batsman from his country to hit a century on ODI debut.

Of late, there has been a lot of talk about Shikhar Dhawan's struggles with the bat while opening the batting and KL Rahul could turn out to be the ideal foil for Rohit Sharma at Dhawan's expense.

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