India vs Australia 2017: India's probable XI for third T20
The all-important decider is next. What changes will Kohli make for the Hyderabad T20?
For the first time since June, Team India will find themselves with the pressure of potentially losing in a series: the unexpected collapse at the hands of Jason Behrendorff must have swept away any traces of complacency that Kohli and team possessed.
After India’s reality check, all eyes will be on decider at Hyderabad, against two teams who have fought neck and neck over the past decade and a half to stake claim as the limited-overs superpower of the current era.
Here’s a prediction of what India’s line-up might look like for the decider:
The highest run-getter from either side in the ODIs that preceded the ongoing series, Sharma has failed to fire in both T20Is, racking up just 19 runs combined in Ranchi and Guwahati.
A solid contribution at the top of the order can turn out to be the key to India’s fortunes in the decider, and a substantial knock from Rohit Sharma, against an opposition he loves scoring against, could just be the way to go.
While he scores runs at a fair clip in Tests and ODIs, the Dhawan on display during T20Is is an oddity. Possessing a strike-rate of just over 110, he hasn’t looked convincing in the shortest format. With pressure mounting on him, especially because of the plethora of opening options in limited-overs, a return to the venue where he has scored bountiful of runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad might work in favour of Dhawan.