2nd ODI: England vs India Live Streaming from Southampton, September 6, 2011. India tour of England 2011.
It would not be an exaggeration if one says the England tour has proved to be a jinxed one for the Indian cricket team. Having lost eight players on the tour already to various injuries, India are now struggling to compile a playing XI for the second ODI that would give them a chance to win their first international match on the English soil in the current series.
Here’s how things stand: Ravindra Jadeja, who was named as Gautam Gambhir’s replacement for the ODI, is still in India. He will leave either on Monday evening or Tuesday morning. That rules him out of the second ODI which is scheduled on Tuesday.
Rohit Sharma, who suffered a fracture in his finger during the first ODI after a bouncer from Stuart Broad hit him, has been ruled out of the ODI series. Manoj Tiwary on Sunday was named as his replacement, but he can’t reach England till Tuesday.
Sachin Tendulkar, who was ruled out of the first ODI with a toe injury, is still doubtful for the second one-dayer.
So if Sachin remains unavailable for the second ODI, it would be fast bowlers RP Singh and Varun Aaron replacing the Master Blaster and Rohit Sharma. And if Sachin plays then he will replace Sharma.
It remains a huge task for MS Dhoni and the team management to figure out a playing XI that not completes the number but also lives up to the image of World Champions.