Ayaz Memon Apr 11, 2019, 05:00 PM IST
Weak team like West Indies have given India a tough fight
Team India has to play 13 matches before next year's World Cup
Chief coach Ravi Shastri made an important announcement before Team India's departure to Australia. He said, "There will be no more experimentation in the ODI team anymore. India have to play three ODIs after the T20 and Test series in Australia. After this, the Indian team will play five ODIs in New Zealand. Then the Australian team will tour India for five ODIs. Overall the Indian team will play 13 ODIs before the World Cup in England in June.
Form of concern for Indian players
Although the Indian ODI team is second in the ICC rankings, but recent matches have raised questions about some of the important players' form and team composition. It is important to remember that India had to face defeat in the one-day series on the tour of England. After this, the weakened West Indies team also gave a tough fight to the hard team India in the opening matches.
No-fit yet on number-4 and five
What are the areas with problem? The number four and five slots in the batting order are of great concern. Dhoni is in the role of Flotter and he can play these positions or at the lower position, but his poor form has given the opportunity to try other players. Many players, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant etc. were tried but none of them could get their place confirmed with confidence.
Middle order will be key role in Australia
This will be even more important in Australia, where pitch and condition are usually helpful to bowlers. There is always the danger of falling wickets. In such a situation, the middle order is very strong, which not only protects the innings from collapse but also ensures challenging scores. All-rounder slots (No. 7 and 8) are also very important and could not be filled yet.
India will get benefit from hearty fate
Much depends on whether the hearty Pandya can recover from injury. With the presence of Jadeja, the batting is strong but his entry may be in place of any wicket-taking spinner, Kuldeep Yadav or YuvaVendra Chahal. If Kuldeep and Chahal play both the Indian tail will be long. It arises in a bustling manner. Rohit and Dhawan have been successful as an opener.
Selector wants to play bets on earth
The selector and team management Young sensation will definitely want to see Prithvi Shaw Team formation is still incomplete so I have not felt that Shastri or Kohli will be able to stop themselves from trying out some more options in the next 13 games. However, this will not be the main priority of the team at this time. Test series against Australia is most important for India's stature in this format.
Coach and captain's claims and results vary
In the beginning of the year, both Shastri and Kohli have made any claims of victory abroad, the results are not as captivating. Defeats in 1-2 South Africa and 1-4 in England. It is true that the bowlers and Kohli himself did a fantastic job, but this did not stop India's defeat from abroad. India is still the No. 1 Test team but there is a big threat from England and South Africa.
Australia is not weak at home
England 11 and South Africa 12 points behind India. The upcoming series gives opportunities for improvement, but even if the Australian team is going through a crisis, it will not be very weak in their home. His batting looks impressed, but there is no shortage of bowling. The Indian team has never won any series in Australia. In such a way, Virat's team does so, he will be able to prove that there is genuineness in it.