India has to deal with some headaches before the tour of Australia and the world cup 2019 in England.
With the 2019 World Cup in England is not so far away, India’s ODI squad is not that settled at the moment.
India need to find the right balance in middle order, especially at number 4 batting position.
The Number 4 Batting Conundrum – The team management and the selectors have tried many players but no one has been a go-to player for this batting position.
KL Rahul was tried numerous times but he failed to deliver at this position. Rahul also lost his place in the ODI side due to this.
Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni also batted at this position but the team management didn’t stick to any of them.
Ideally, MSD should be the man who could bat at number 4 because he Rayudu for the first 2 ODIs.has a lot of experience which can help the team.
MS Dhoni was a finisher in his heydays but now he takes a lot of time to get set and that’s why many experts feel that MSD is the right man for this job.
The Middle order batsmen are not getting more chances to bat, it is mainly because of the top 3 batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli.
These 3 batsmen have batted so brilliantly that most of the times India’s middle order wasn’t required to bat.
Rishab Pant Called as Dhoni’s Cover – Dhoni ‘s slump in form biggest worry for India. His poor form is because he bats at number 6 instead of 4. This is also the reason why Rishab Pant may be Dhoni’s cover for the ODI and T20I series against West Indies which will start from 21st October 2018.
The selectors have named both the players in the 15 man squad for the first 2 ODIs against West Indies.
It would be interesting to see who will make it in the probable 11.
Rayudu at Number 4 – This time again we may see another new face at the number 4 batting position.
After his good show in the Asia Cup, Ambati Rayudu will play at the number 4 spot.
Rayudu batted well in the absence of Virat Kohli. He held on to the number 3 spot.
But now he needs to cement his place in the ODI side for that Rayudu needs to bat well at number 4. If he does so then he will fly to Australia and then to England as well.
Selectors have also named Ambati Rayudu for the first 2 ODIs.
Bhuvi and Bumrah are back – There are no problems for India in the bowling department as two of India’s finest bowlers will be back after their well-deserved rest. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will be back after the 2nd ODI against the Windies.
Ravindra Jadeja Cements his place in the ODI set-up – After a good show in the Asia Cup and scoring his maiden test ton in Rajkot, Ravindra Jadeja finds a place in the ODI team. He will be the spin bowling all-rounder that India will bank upon. He has also been selected for the first 2 ODIs against West Indies.
Virat Kohli’s Workload – Another Important thing India should address is Virat Kohli’s workload.
Kohli is the backbone of Team India, he needs to be fit for India’s upcoming tour of Australia. He will the player to watch out for in that whole tour.
India will play 3 T20 Internationals, 4 Test Matches and 3 One Day International matches on their tour to Australia next month.
But still, the selectors have named Kohli for the limited over against West Indies. There was a possibility that Rohit Sharma could have captained the side. But the selectors have named Virat Kohli as the captain for the first 2 ODIs.
Rohit Sharma has done wonders for India with his captaincy. He won the ODI series and T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka at home, then he won the Nidahas Trophy and now recently he also conquered the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018.
Rohit has not lost any series as a captain till now. It’s a great achievement for Rohit Sharma.
Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya to miss the series – Only two players might miss out of the series against West Indies and the tour of Australia.
Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, both of them got injured during the Asia Cup.