Team India is set to lock horns with England in the second ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune on Friday. While the Eoin Morgan-led side will be aiming to bounce back and keep the series alive in the upcoming game, the hosts will look to seal the three-match series.
Talking about the team combination ahead of the second match, former India cricketer, Aakash Chopra has reckoned that the Men in Blue would give preference to Suryakumar Yadav over Rishabh Pant as a replacement for Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI.
Iyer has been ruled out of the remaining games after he injured his shoulder while trying to save a boundary in the first ODI.
According to the reports of www.sportstoday.in, the 26-year-old batsman is likely to go under the knife in the first week of April and the procedure will rule him out of action for the next four to five months.
Speaking on ESPNcricinfo.com, Chopra said that he feels SKY is likely to make his debut in the second ODI, considering his recent batting heroics in the five-match T20I series against England.
“It is a toss-up between Pant and Suryakumar. If this ODI series was after the Test series, we would have said with closed eyes to play Pant. But now we are going to say SKY has more chances of playing because nowadays the flavours change in the Indian team every week. So, I feel you will see him making his debut,” the 43-year-old said.