India clean sweep Sri Lanka in the 3 ODI series
India’s 3 major problems were solved by the series win
New Delhi. Captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid could not have expected a better start to 2023. First, the new T20 team under the leadership of Hardik Pandya defeated Sri Lanka. Then under the leadership of Rohit, Sri Lanka was completely eliminated in ODIs. This year the ODI World Cup is to be played in India in October-November. Team India’s preparation for the World Cup has started with the ODI series against Sri Lanka and if the beginning is like this, then the result can be expected to be better.
Team India’s victory in the ODI series against Sri Lanka has removed 3 major tensions. If India is successful in maintaining this performance in future, then who knows that after 12 years India will again become world champion at home.
Kohli’s form removed the tension of the team
Kohli started appearing in his old colors only from the Asia Cup last year. After a long wait of 3 years, he scored a century in international cricket in the Asia Cup itself. He also maintained the Asia Cup performance in the T20 World Cup. However, his performance in ODIs and Tests last year was not very good. Virat had scored 265 runs in 6 Tests in 2022 at an average of 26.5 while his bat did not speak in ODIs as well. He scored 302 runs in 11 matches at an average of 27. Only one century came out of his bat. But, Virat started 2023 with a bang. He hit two centuries in the first 3 ODIs of the year.
Kohli scored an unbeaten 160 in the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram. A glimpse of the old Kohli was seen in his innings. In such a situation, there was tension regarding Kohli’s form. She got away. If Kohli can maintain this form, then winning the World Cup will not be difficult for India.
Hit opening pair as Rohit-Gil
When the BCCI announced the ODI team against Sri Lanka, Rohit’s old partner Shikhar Dhawan’s name was not there. Shubman Gill was selected for the opening in his place. Ishaan Kishan, who scored a double century in ODIs on Bangladesh tour, was also in the team. But, Captain Rohit reposed faith in Gill and gave him a chance to open the innings with him in ODIs and Gill redeemed it completely and the tension team had before the World Cup regarding the opening pair. drove him away. Gill scored 207 runs in 3 ODIs with the help of 1 century and a half-century.
The opening pair of Rohit-Gil added 95 runs for the first wicket in the third ODI, while in the first ODI, there was a 143-run partnership between the two for the first wicket. The pair of Rohit-Dhawan is one of the most successful pairs in ODI history. There has been a century partnership 18 times and a half-century partnership 15 times in ODIs between these two. In such a situation, it was not easy for Gill to fill Dhawan’s place. But, he has made a good start. In such a situation, similar performance is expected from him in future also.
Bumrah’s alternative found in the form of Siraj
Mohammad Siraj wreaked havoc with the new ball in the 3 ODI series against Sri Lanka. He took 4 wickets with the new ball in the third ODI against Sri Lanka. At the same time, in the first ODI also, he took two wickets in the powerplay. For the last 1 year, Indian bowlers were unable to take wickets in the powerplay. But, Siraj also removed this weakness in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. In such a situation, Siraj’s combination with Bumrah and Shami in the ODI World Cup will further increase the strength of India’s pace attack.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 16, 2023, 14:27 IST