DRS key as India seek to level ODI series
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DRS key as India seek to level ODI series

India will mull MS Dhoni's best fit in the batting order and how best to use the Decision Review System (DRS) as they seek to bounce back from an upset ODI loss to Australia.

The tourists, widely considered the greatest threat to England's hopes of World Cup victory on home soil later this year, crashed to a 34-run loss in Saturday's series opener at the SCG.

MS Dhoni was unable to review his lbw call.

MS Dhoni was unable to review his lbw call.Credit:AAP

The series continues at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, leaving India little time to address what went wrong in Sydney.

India crashed to 3-4 in the fourth over after the change of innings, suddenly making Australia's total of 5-288 quite imposing.

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Rohit Sharma peeled off his 22nd ODI century, forming a 137-run stand with Dhoni that was comfortably the highest partnership of the game.

But it ended when Dhoni was wrongly judged lbw on 51 and unable to do anything about it, with Ambati Rayudu having already wasted the side's only review.

Sharma, who scored 133, was at the non-striker's end for both lbw dismissals.

"It's always tricky," Sharma said.

"By the time you get to the batter, it's already 5-7 seconds over, so you have to make that quick decision.

"Rayudu came and said he thought the ball was drifting down the leg side and I thought the same.

"These things happen and you cannot always be right. It is important to use that DRS pretty well.

"It is a learning for us ... when we go to Adelaide we might have a chat about how we go about that."

Sharma rejected criticism of Dhoni's strike-rate of 53.1, suggesting the former skipper was worthy of a promotion up the order.

"I personally always feel that Dhoni batting at No.4 will be ideal for the team," he said.

"But we have got Rayudu, who has done really well now at No.4.

"It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it.

"I would be happy if Dhoni bats at No.4."

Sharma had mixed feelings about his ton.

"Unfortunately all four hundreds I have scored in Australia, we have lost all the games," he said.

"If I get a hundred I want to make sure that we win the game as well."

India on Sunday named all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill as replacements for KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya.

Rahul and Pandya had been suspended pending an investigation into comments they made this week about women on a TV show that had been condemned as sexist and inappropriate.

"With KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya set to return from Australia, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has decided to send all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill as replacements," acting Indian Cricket Board secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.

Shankar, who has played five Twenty20 internationals, will join the team before the second one-day match in Adelaide.

He will remain with the team for the tour of New Zealand where India are scheduled to play five one-dayers and three T20s.

Gill, 19, has been selected only for the tour of New Zealand, beginning on January 23 with a one-dayer in Napier.

AAP, with Reuters

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