After the loss of the First ODI against Australia, Indian fans and critics were expecting better bowling from the Team either to get Natarajan in as a fast bowler or sixth bowling option to get better balance in the team.Though we have a strong bowling line up we could not deliver at our best in these kinds of batting tracks, even our prime bowlers like Chahal, Bumrah struggled to get their line and length in previous match.Even worse Australian bowlers also conceded 300+ plus runs on their home ground.So we cannot blame the bowlers , our poor fielding cost the match for us especially after the middle overs (after 25th over), Indian Team fielders dropped important catches of Smith, Maxwell which made Aussies to put a huge score of 375 in the first Innings which in turn resulted loss of 66 Runs for India.
Is it important to have a Sixth bowling option in ODI?
In an ODI team, an all rounder or a part time bowler like (Yuvraj, Raina, Sachin , Sehwag) in the past can be better option for the team to get the team balance.Our Former Indian Team captains Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni will always have a bowling option in his hand .For example. MS Dhoni will use Jadhav as a sixth bowler to get the breakthrough if a wicket does not work for the prime bowlers. Likewise Ganguly will also bowl his medium pace in the middle if team needs him at any situation.Since, Hardik Pandya was not fit to bowl it is affecting our Team Balance in bowling.We cannot bring other bowler as a sixth option ,So if any our batsman like Shreyas, Kohli must have a good practice of bowling it would be good in future.Even if any of the bowlers injured in the middle we don’t have option for bowling the 10 overs. It is important to have a part time bowlers in the team .
Will Natttu get a Dream ODI Debut in Sydney?
It is an unexpected situation , which he cannot prepare for after landed in Australia. He had so many surprises, promotion from backup bowler to T20 bowler and after the injury concern of Navdeep Saini Team management announced Nattu as a cover for him. There are high chances in the next ODI if Navdeep Saini is not fit , since he has to play a longer(Test Matches) format like Test Matches he might need rest if he still suffers from back spasm. Also, we already lost one tall fast bowler Ishant Sharma for the test matches. It is important for Saini to get complete Match fitness before the Test Match series starts, since he was one of the tall bowlers who has a capacity to bowl consistent 140Kmph speed.
Mostly Virat Kohli will not change the Playing XI with the performance of one ODI Match ,as all the players playing their first International match after the 250+ days.They are allowed to get their game time for better performance.If any forced changes happen like injury for Saini ,Nattu might get his Debut in ODI ahead of Shardul Thakur since there is no left hand seam bowler option in Indian Team.
Possible Playing XI of IND VS AUS 2nd ODI:
Virat Kohli(captain), KL Rahul(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer,Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini/ Thangarasu Natarajan.