Should Dhoni continue to stick to the concept of ‘winning combination’ : This is an important question that crosses the mind of every cricket enthusiast, more the Indian cricket followers and supporters.
India, currently on a tour to Zimbabwe for a series of ODIs and T20s, have already wrapped up the ODI series by winning the first two games.
Though India won the first game very comfortably, yet the Indian skipper decided NOT to make any change in the Playing XI and went into the second encounter with the so-called ‘winning combination’.
Now that the series has been won, would it not be wise on the part of Dhoni to come out of his inhibitions of the Playing XI composition and give chance to the young players who have been warming the bench for the first two games for the third and final encounter.
Players like Mandeep Singh Rishi Dhawan, Faiz Fazal have all done exceedingly well in the domestic circuit and this is precisely the best opportunity for them to show case their talent at the international level.
The opposition being not anywhere near being termed ‘strong’ the possibility of India losing is very, very remote.
Ideally Dhoni should bring in Jayadev Unadkat and Rishi Dhawan in place of Jasprit Bumrah and Dhawal Kulkarni. He should also blood in Jayant Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.
The changes proposed are not on account of performance of the players to be replaced but to give an opportunity to those on the bench to prove their mettle.
Additionally, Dhoni also could get himself dropped and bring in Mandeep Singh, letyin Rayudu to lead the side while KL Rahul could do duty behind the stumps.
These could be welcome changes if Dhoni decides to make.