Indian cricket is not looking in a good shape after the 2015 world cup. The recent ODI tour loss against Bangadesh is a significant and hard proof for the same. A win in the final game of the tour against Bangladesh is a merely accepted victory. Although nothing could be changed right now, its time for the Indian team to regroup themselves an play the best ODI cricket they have played over the past few years.
India’s tour of Zimbabwe
After the loss against Bangladesh, India will play 3 ODI’s along with 2 T20I matches in the capital city of Zimbabwe.
India’s tour of Zimbabwe Match Schedule
The first ODI match will start on July 10th 2015, second on July 12th 2015, followed by the third on July 14th 2015.
The T20I matches will start on 17th July 2015 and second on 19th July 2015.
Ajinkya Rahane as the Indian Captain
Major players in Indian cricket have been rested for the India’s tour of Zimbabwe 2015. Players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin will be out of the series but the big news is that – Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team for the 3 ODI’s and 2 T20I’s.
Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav are some of the keyplayers missing for the tour while players like Harbhajan Singh, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Robin Uthappa and Karn Sharma are those who are called into the Indian national side.
With out India having their full time captain, Dhoni, India also lacks a wicket keeper. Uthappa or Rayudu are likely to take on with the big gloves to keep the wickets in the Zimbabwe tour which is likely played with the new rules in place.
India Squad for Zimbabwe series
Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu (wicketkeeper), Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav (wicketkeeper), Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma. Rested: MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin Dropped: Ravindra Jadeja
India Zimbabwe Match Time
All ODI matches will start at 1:00 PM ISD and the T20I’s will start by 2:30 PM Indian standard time.