India vs Bangladesh ODI Cricket: 5 Players to Watch For

Top Players to Watch

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Starting June 15, India will play Bangladesh in a three-match one day international (ODI) series. While India is sending some of its B-level cricketers to play this series, keeping MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli out of lineup, there are still plenty of top-level talent to keep an eye out for. Here are 5 must-watch Indian players in this ODI series.

5. Cheteshwar Pujara

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5. Cheteshwar Pujara

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Always keep an eye on a cricketer who is playing to prove his worth. Pujara - labeled as more of a Test match batsman - has the versatility to score runs late or even anchor the team. His skills are second to none and a strong performance against Bangladesh can help him secure a spot on the team for the ICC 2015 World Cup.

4. Ajinkya Rahane

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4. Ajinkya Rahane

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In a tune-up series like this, it's the quiet ones that always seem to step up their games. Rahane doesn't run his mouth often, but his numbers show just how valuable of a batsman he actually is. Rahane will use this series against Bangladesh to prove he deserves a permanent spot on the ODI roster.

3. Suresh Raina

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3. Suresh Raina

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More so than any player on this list, Raina will be most benefited by the pitch and conditions in Dhaka. With Dhoni and Kohli out of the lineup, Raina will be relied upon to carry much of the scoring load. He has plenty of success in shorter forms of the game; let’s see how his game translates to the national level.

2. Umesh Yadav

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2. Umesh Yadav

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Watch for Yadav to be the best bowler of the upcoming series against Bangladesh. He is being left off the roster for the series against England and will bowl some of his best stuff to remind the team what they will be missing without him.

1. Robin Uthappa

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1. Robin Uthappa

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Anyone who watched the IPL and the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 knows exactly why Uthappa sits atop this list. He dominated the Indian leg of IPL 7 and has grown into one of India’s top batsman - regardless of format. After scoring the most runs this past season and winning the Orange Cap, Uthappa will look to dominate this series.


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