The loss in the first warm-up game will hopefully be a wake-up call for India. It has thrown up a few questions. Amit Mishra once again bowled impressively, Ashwin delivered as the captain wanted him to and Jadeja is one person whom you will not be able to keep aside in this format.
So, India will be tempted to go in with three spinners but the advantage of playing three tweakers could be negated by the dew factor. India play all their matches at 7pm under lights and thus will have to counter dew. The toss in this case will not come in to play. Generally, with the dew on, teams with better fast bowlers hold advantage as the ball skids off the pitch. Bhuvneshwar will have to get better. Can Dhoni finish his 4 overs with the new ball as he has done in Indian conditions in the past?
In batting, Dhoni will have to decide between Rohit and Rahane to partner Shikhar followed by Virat, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja and the rest. It’s time for Rohit to stand up and deliver as Rahane has thrived as opener in this format with Rajasthan Royals and it will be difficult to keep him on the bench for long.
The writer is former India captain