What to expect in 2019 Sports : Cricket world Cup in India

What to expect in 2019 Sports : Cricket world Cup in India

26 December 2018

India cricket team may not  yet have delivered fully on the promise it has shown in Tests, but the same factors working against it in the longer version could prove to be its advantages in the 50-over big event.

M S Dhoni
After a year of missed opportunities in Tests, where they raised hope but couldn’t cross the line in England and South Africa, India will look at the 50-over World Cup with more confidence. It’s right in their alley. All the traits that trip them in Tests end up as their strengths in limited-overs — the urge to play the big shots, the spin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and their knack of picking up wickets against batsmen looking to attack, the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the opening and end overs.
They have been bolstered by the rapidly improving Khaleel Ahmed who has finally ended the search for a left-arm seamer. He might not be a household name yet but his performance will be vital for India in the tournament in England. The natural variation of a left-armer aside, he has the pace and the skill to come on the back of the new-ball bowlers and attack, something that India have lacked for a while in ODIs.
The flat tracks invariably served in ODIs should suit the settled batting lineup. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are probably the most settled opening pair today, especially on such tracks, and the follow-up act has Kohli and Ambati Rayudu. Rayudu’s success is vital: he has the confidence that he can overcome a poor start and hold the middle order, and the ability to take it to the opposition.
M S Dhoni could tilt the balance one way or the other. His calming presence and experience would be of great help to the spinners and to Kohli in the middle overs if things should drift a bit. It’s his batting that is still not a done deal, though. If he struggles, as he has in the past year or so, it can make things difficult for India, but if he manages to up his game a notch, it would complete this team.

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