Ayaz Memon Apr 11, 2019, 05:01 PM IST
Manish and Karthik did not take advantage of the spot
Easiest win against Pakistan
Sports desk India's title win in the Asia Cup is worthy of praise. But, in the tournament, it also raises many questions about the players and the team. The World Cup is just nine months away, and in such a case, this question can be a matter of thought for Captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri along with selectors.
Problems faced in the final: The final match has caused problems and confusion that these people have to face. The match was quite exciting and India won a very close fight. Despite centuries of Liton Das, after scoring 222 runs in Bangladesh, there were many flaws in India's batting. The team needed Kedar Jadhav to lame for victory, which had previously returned to the pavilion by retired heart.
The easiest win against Pakistan: Although the Indian team was unbeatable in the tournament, the final was not a single match in which the team had to fight. Hankong had spoiled the situation in the league match and also forced Afghanistan to tie in the Super-4 match. India got the easiest win against Pakistan that was being described as the toughest rival before the tournament.
The Champions Trophy revenge: India had two matches and both of them won the team in a one-sided way. It was a good change in the defeat in the Champions Trophy last year. This raises a question as to whether India's entire focus was on defeating Pakistan. Why did the performance fall against other teams?
Problems in the middle order: The other side is that the rankings of the teams are anything but the difference between them is continuously decreasing. The way Sri Lanka's team was already out of the round and the Pakistan team could not reach the finals, it is confirmed. There is also a third aspect. That is India's preparations from the World Cup standpoint. India's middle order is not consistently performing well. This problem can be the biggest headache for the selectors.
Manish and Karthik did not take advantage of the spot: Kedar Jadhav impressed with bowling more than his batting. Until recently, Manish Pandey, who is considered to be the key part of India's batting in limited-over cricket, got a chance in a match and he would like to forget the performance in it himself. Dinesh Karthik got full time but his performance was not on which he could play as a pure batsman in the team. Lokesh Rahul can play down in batting order but, he is considered to be the only opener. So they got a limited chance.
Dhoni weakened the mediocrity: most of the eyes were on Mahendra Singh Dhoni. They were fantastic behind the wicket. He also played the role of mentor and consultant. But, their failure with the bat has made the middle order even more vulnerable. What can be the solution for this?
New players should be given the opportunity: One solution is to try different and young players in the Test and one-day series against the West Indies starting next week. Why should not the earth shaw Mayank Agarwal or others be replaced instead of Jadhav, Kartik and Pandey? In ODIs, I will retain Dhawan and Dhoni as they are almost certain to play in the World Cup. Therefore, they should get more opportunities before the World Cup.
Specialists of red and white ball should be selected: Lokesh Rahul should be given a chance for a new opener with a chance. Asia Cup performance could not cover Shikhar Dhawan's failure in England. Perhaps the time has come when specialists of red and white balls are selected. Similarly, there is scope for use in bowling too. In England, looking at workload over Ishant, Shami and Bumrah, they can be rested. There are many young fast bowlers in the country. One of them Khalil Ahmed we have seen in the Asia Cup.
Series important from the West Indies: Experiment does not mean that good performance should be kept side by side. Win should always be the main objective. The real challenge before the selectors is to select a mixture of players who can not only win but also provide direction for the future. In this way the series against West Indies which was considered unimportant has now become extremely important for Indian cricket.