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  • World Cup 2019 – Pakistan getting demolished – a timely reminder for India

    Published on June 2, 2019

    by Navaneeth OM

    Pakistan getting demolished for 105 all out should send sirens to the Indian team to take a stock of things and decide on the playing eleven accordingly. It is waiting to happen for any team who has not got the team balance correct, especially when playing in lively pitches. At the time of writing this, Sri Lanka’s performance against New Zealand (70 for 6 in 17th over) is also going the same way, yet another reminder for the Indian team.

    First, India doesn’t have players who can put anchor and guide them to safety, when they are challenged. The team cannot always depend on Kohli & Dhoni to anchor as well as score at brisk pace. They both will still do it and hope and pray they does it again and again. But imagine the day when they fail to do so (like the 1st practice match against New Zealand). So, the team composition needs to be done very carefully. For, the middle order of K L Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedhar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are not experienced in those lively English conditions where the bowlers move and seam the ball around.

    Second, most of the teams have scored 300 plus runs in the practice matches and even in the inaugural match where England scored against a strong SA attack. So, every other team is thinking it is possible to repeat those scores in every other match or they think it is necessary to score around 350 whilst batting first. This is very tricky unless you play according to the merit.

    Third, and the most prominent thing that I feel that is going to play against India in this tournament is the fact that there will be at least 4 players whose batting prowess is going to play a villainous role, (Bumrah, Chahal, Kuldeep, Shami, Bhuvaneswar – 4 among them are sure to play in almost all matches and remember they are not playing in sub-continent pitches). And, from the remaining 7 in the playing X1, if 2 or 3 fails to deliver, imagine the situation. Rohit Sharma very rarely played well against a formidable bowling attack in foreign soil. If Dhawan also doesn’t come good, forget about making 300+ upfront or chasing 300+. This is exactly what happened to Pakistan in their match against an ignited, refreshed and confident West Indian team.

    Nonetheless, return of a strong Caribbean Calypso is going to make this edition of Word Cup, very interesting and will change many equations. Wishing good luck to both India and West Indies as they are aiming for their 3rd World Cup title.