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5 Players who are the future of the Indian ODI team

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18 May 2019, 23:56 IST

The Indian Cricket Team is the #2 ranked ODI team in the world and have had a fair share of successes in the recent past. In the last two World Cups, India has won the trophy once (2011) and had a semi-final appearance in the other (2015). The current team is vastly different from the one who joined MS Dhoni in lifting the trophy in 2011, with only Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni a part of the current setup.

Every team goes through a transition, with a mix of experience and youth a must for the winning formula. It's the duty of the selectors to ease in the influx of the talented youngsters into the team, making room for them to get enough chances to showcase their talent. While many a times, India sends a second string, inexperienced side for matches against lower ranked teams; its important that these youngsters are given ample opportunities. The fact that the India A & India B sides are regularly playing during the absence of domestic season, is a positive sign. While not all, some of the players representing the aforementioned teams make it to the senior Indian team and here are the five players who are expected to be the core of the future Indian team.

#1 Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer - Solution to the No.4 Spot conundrum?
Shreyas Iyer - Solution to the No.4 Spot conundrum?

Shreyas Iyer is a young and emerging player, who hails from Mumbai and was initially coached by the great Pravin Amre. He made his First Class and List A debut in the 2014-15 season, and has been pretty impressive in the domestic circuit (scoring 5707 runs in 126 innings, averaging at 56.90). This spectacular form led to him being sold for 2.6 Cr to Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2015, and he had an excellent IPL season (439 runs in 14 matches, with a 33.76 average and a strike rate of 128.36), with him being adjudged the Emerging Player of the Tournament.

Excellent IPL and domestic form led him to being called up for the T20I against New Zealand and was followed by an ODI team call-up against Sri Lanka. After a forgettable ODI debut wherein he scored only 9 runs, he followed it up by scoring his best ever score of 88 and was involved with Rohit Sharma in a double century partnership stand. In the next match, he again scored a fifty and ended the three match series as the third highest run getter of the series, with 162 runs @ an average of 54.

Currently the captain of his IPL side, Delhi Capitals and India A, he's a bright prospect to look forward to, in the future.

Statistics - Espncricinfo, Cricbuzz

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