Preview: Here is what we can expect from our Indian Cricket team in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

With the biggest historical Cricket event, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 already started, it's time for us to look at the strengths and weaknesses of our Indian Cricket team.

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India, like never before, goes into this World Cup with the rarity of having a more assured bowling pack than their batting unit. Our top-order consists of two of the best batsmen in the world right now, but there's uncertainty in the middle-order that affects the equilibrium of this side.

Bowling meanwhile, has two highly-potent wrist spinners - differently, to most teams that carry just one - and we have one of the world's best death bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, who will deny teams at the death and can deliver jaw-dropping yorkers in the process. Along with that, we also have the likes of Bhuvneswar Kumar and Mohammed Shami who can be supportive to Bumrah and it also gives India, an option to go into the match with three-man pace attack.

Now, let us see in detail, how balanced our squad is.

The best trio in the top order:

Having a look at the top 3 in our batting line up, it is one of the best top order trios in the world which provides the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Vice-captain Rohit Sharma and the skipper Virat Kohli. But even with that, we aren't quite the PowerPlay bashers that the hosts, England are. They prefer to build gradually towards a total in the range of 280-320. 

Vulnerable middle order:


Coming to our middle order, we have the likes of KL Rahul, who scored a century in the last warm-up match against Bangladesh which almost confirms his No.4 spot; veteran batsman M.S. Dhoni, who can change the course of the match on any given day; a batting all-rounder in the form of Vijay Shankar; pocket dynamite Kedhar Jadhav who is untested, not in prime form and prone to injury, however, can perform crucial knocks when required; Dinesh Karthik who can add extra runs at the back end of the innings by performing quick cameos & Hardik Pandya who is in form of his life in recent times and can be considered as trump card for our team; Ravindra Jadeja who is handy with the bat and can score some important runs like he did when the whole batting order collapsed against New Zealand in the first warm-up match. 




So overall, we can consider the middle order to be decent. However, we will be knowing the depth of the middle order, only when the top order fails, like it happened in the warm-up against New Zealand.

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Formidable Bowling attack:

When it comes to the bowling department, we can see a lot of variety. We have pace trio which consists of Jasprit Bumrah, one of the topmost death bowler in the world; Bhuvneswar Kumar, who can swing both ways and can pick couple of wickets early in the innings; Mohammed Shami, who brings old fashioned pace bowling and can get reverse swing with the old ball which is going to be very crucial in the middle overs. As a fourth pacer, we have Hardik Pandya who can break crucial partnerships when required.


More crucial to India's fortunes have been how well KULCHA (which is the spin combo consisting of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) have bowled in recent years. Kuldeep particularly will be one to watch out, after he messed with England last year in English conditions and forced them to turn towards Merlyn - a chinaman-simulator machine in the nets. The contests got interesting as the bilateral series progressed last year, with England even managing to deal with him slightly better with each game. The World Cup, however, will not afford teams the luxury of time against him. We also have bowling all-rounder Jadeja, who performed decently in the last 2 ICC events that were hosted in England.



Squad:

Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami

Have a look at our World cup schedule and mark those dates in your calendar.



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