India vs Australia 2019: 2 Indian players who could be dropped for the 2nd ODI
Australia comprehensively beat India in the first ODI at Sydney. Despite the heroics of Rohit Sharma with the bat, India lost the game by 34 runs. Australia put up a good total of 287 runs in the first innings primarily due to the efforts of Handscomb who was quite useful in the death overs and went on to score 73 runs off 61 balls.
In India's innings, the Australian quicks, especially Richardson bowled spectacularly, and hence India lost Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Ambati Rayudu for just four runs on the board.
There is no doubt that the Indian top-order will have to perform much better in the second ODI to provide a chance for India to level the series. Also, the team management will have to drop some players to balance the team and give opportunities to other deserving players.
Let us have a look at the two Indian players who could be dropped for the 2nd ODI.
#2 Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik was picked as the second choice wicket-keeper ahead of in-form Rishabh Pant for the 3-match ODI series in Australia. Having made the starting XI in the first ODI despite the presence of MS Dhoni in the team, Karthik failed to capitalize on the opportunity and was bowled by Richardson for just 12 runs.
Hence, he was unable to stay on the crease with the centurion Rohit Sharma in crucial circumstances and couldn't help his team chase down the target of 288 runs set by Australia in the first innings.
With Ambati Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action, the team management could consider picking Kedar Jadhav in the second ODI in place of Dinesh Karthik. Being an aggressive batsman with the ability to ball six-seven overs of off-spin, Jadhav could prove to be handy if a fast bowler has an off-day on the field.
Hence, as per the following reasons mentioned above, Dinesh Karthik should be dropped in the 2nd ODI at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow.