Ayaz Memon May 26, 2019, 09:25 AM IST
Kedar Jadhav not playing in the Warm-up matches along with Vijay Shankar
Kedar team was declared fit only a few days before leaving England
Sports desk India's first match in the World Cup is just 10 days away. Even then, in a program involving Indian cricket in Lord's, it was only hot that the discussion on whether the Virat Kohli will play in the playing eleven on June 5 against South Africa. For many places then the name is almost close. There are two things to discuss – first of all, what will be the batsman on the number-4? Second, that the team will feed a spinner or two? In this context, Team 2 Practice game is also important because it will give a great deal of sense.
The number 4 spot has been in the discussion for a long time. During the selection of the team, Chief Selector MSK Prasad, while describing Vijay Shankar as a 3-dimensional player, indicated that he could be tried at number-4. But Shankar is floppy with the bat in the IPL, bowling also in a few matches. Now they are not available for the Warmup matches due to injury. However, the form of KL Rahul in the IPL has definitely helped the team management to be relieved. They are also the number-4 contenders. Keeping these things in mind, Rahul is looking more likely to get an opportunity in the first match.
Karthik's responsibility increased with Rahul
Kedar Jadhav is not playing in warm-up matches too. They have been declared fit only a few days before the team's departure from England. Team management is trying to give them some more time to fit the match. It is possible that they will not play on June 5. In this sense, the responsibility of Dinesh Karthik, along with Rahul, also increases. It would be interesting to see, however, that among the two options, two of the two batsmen get a chance in the first match.
Big Headache for Virat and Ravi Shastri – Team Combination
There is no problem with the fitness and form of the bowlers. The IPL was not good for Kuldeep, but the atmosphere with the national team remains different. Kuldeep also adjusts quickly in foreign conditions. There is a big headache for Virat and Ravi Shastri in bowling- Combination. Choosing the exact combinations of pacer and spinner will be very important. Especially in the situation when the team has 4 all-rounders – Shankar, Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. The bowling order will also depend on how many of these all-rounders will be available for selection and how many will play.