Ayaz Memon Apr 11, 2019, 05:00 PM IST
Nine months left for World Cup, India have less than 20 matches to play
India played 16 ODI series-tournament since the last World Cup, 11 of which won
With the selection of Rishabh Pant in the team announced for the first two ODIs against the West Indies, it has become clear that the selectors are now in the final phase of the experiment for the World Cup. Pant, who had an impact on the strength of his aggressive shifts in the Test, has replaced Dinesh Karthik. Probably the selectors have seen Dinesh Karthik enough. However, they have been rested, which means that they are also in the race, but now they will get the chance only when Pant is bad.
Some players can change the role
This change also indicates the change in the role of some players. Pant is being tried as a finisher thanks to the aggressive batting and six-fielding ability. That means they will play on the number six or seven as a pure batsman. It is clear that Pant will compete as a batsman to make it to the playing eleven. Chief selector MSK Prasad has clarified that Dhoni is the most prominent wicket-keeper in the country. That is, Dhoni's place in the World Cup team is almost certain. The role of Finisher, the presence of a batsman like Pant will reduce pressure on Dhoni. If Dhoni returns quickly, then it will give great relief to the selectors, team-mates, fans and Dhoni himself.
The last major change in Pant's selection team is not going to happen. Yuva Prithvi Shaw, who has made a staggering debut on his international career, will also be the contender for selection in ODIs. Shaw is still new to age and experience, but in two tests, he has shown the maturity of praise. They are the ones that fit in the Test team. Shaw has not only played good innings, but also won the hearts of everyone by scoring runs at a fast pace. They are not careless pinch hitter. Their batting is based on strong technique, but they are fearless aggressive batsmen who can destroy the attack.
Perfect for earth limited overs
As I think Shaw was initially considered to be a Test specialist, he showed that skill so that he could fit in limited-over cricket too. At this time Shaw would not be easy to fit into the team. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are quite successful as well as Lokesh Rahul is the choice of selectors and team management when needed in the top order. However, talent like Shaw would be difficult to ignore. I think the selector would like to try Shaw in a few matches. Probably this happens in the series against the West Indies.
Jadeja is hard to make space
Senior players such as Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami have also made a comeback in the ODI team but it is very difficult to make a place in the playing XI in both the spin and paise departments. Yugavendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have established themselves in the team. In such a situation, Jadeja has to compete for the third spot. It is possible that there is no need for a third spinner in the World Cup because England's pitches are not very helpful for spinners.
More for Shami Challenge
Mohammed Shami will have to face even more competition because Jaspreet Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are in place. The World Cup is now nine months away and India has fewer than 20 matches before that. Therefore, there is hard competition for whatever space is empty. This means that those who have a long chance will have to leave immediately.