India will be strengthened going into the 2nd ODI at Nagpur by the comeback of Yuvraj Singh after the southpaw’s recovery from a finger injury. On the other hand, the Australians have been depleted because of a triple injury to Lee, Hopes and Johnson.
Making way for Yuvraj Singh in the XI is likely to be young right hander Virat Kohli who had scored a steady 30 in the first ODI. Although Ravindra Jadeja can be excluded instead of Kohli, it has to be noted that the former had done well with the ball taking the wicket of Ricky Ponting and bowling economically. The fifth bowler role is expected to be shared by Jadeja and Yuvraj with Sehwag just coming back from a shoulder injury.
India could also drop Praveen Kumar who was expensive in his second spell during the Vadodara ODI. Praveen Kumar went wicketless for 77 runs in his 10 overs but he did make his presence felt in the match with an unbeaten 40 with the bat that almost pulled off a miracle. Munaf Patel is expected to replace Praveen Kumar while rookie fast bowler Sudeep Tyagi will have to wait a little longer to earn his maiden ODI Cap. The homeside might be giving the new ball to Ishant Sharma along with Nehra and have Munaf come in as one-change.