World Cup 2019 does not seem so far away now. With the cricket’s biggest event just 8 months away, the inevitable talk has officially begun – What is India’s best possible XI for World Cup 2019?
Should MS Dhoni play or is it time to give Rishabh Pant a try? Too soon for Pant? Even we thought so. We have come up with what should be India’s best possible XI for World Cup 2019.
Here is India’s best possible XI for World Cup 2019 –
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma – Opening pair
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan – This is India’s best opening pair. World Cup 2019 will be played in England & Wales. England – This duo’s favourite hunting country. Here in England, the openers score runs in abundance in ODIs. Just not in tests.
Dhawan is a menace in England. The left handed batsman was the top scorer in Champions Trophy 2013 and Champions Trophy 2017. Connect the dots, will you? Both the editions of Champions Trophy were held in England.
A lot of how India fares will depend on if these two can set the tone for the rest of India’s batting lineup. No changing and chopping should happen at the top if India wants to lift the trophy.
Kohli, KL Rahul & Rayudu – India’s middle order
We have kept it fairly simple. Kohli comes one down with KL Rahul and Rayudu to follow the skipper.
No rocket science. No permutations and combinations. We have just gone with what is, by looks, a very strong middle order. Rayudu provides the much needed stability if things do not go according to the plan.
There should no tinkering with the #3 position. Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world right now and he should face the music rather than KL Rahul.
The question is – If there is no place for Dhoni, who will be behind the stumps then?
It’s simple – KL Rahul. He should start keeping more often now. Dhoni dropped senior players like Ganguly and Dravid in CB series 2008. He thought they weren’t good in fielding and did not much value to the team overall. Describing them as ‘liabilites’, MS Dhoni’s Men In Blue won that tri-series. Times have changed and MS Dhoni isn’t the same what he was.
Now it is upto Shashtri and Kohli to make the decision whether they pick players on merit or reputation.
If KL Rahul gets injured, THEN?
Rishabh Pant. Look no further. He has been fierce in his approach
Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya – All rounders
In the all-rounders section, we have gone with Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya. You can trust Jadhav with the bat and he can surely do wonders with the ball as well on his day.
Pandya is the most obvious pick of them all. If Pandya is having a bad day with the ball, Jadhav can chip in with his off break bowling.
Ravindra Jadeja is another good choice if one of these two get injured.
Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav – The bowling unit
One thing that India missed in last 20-25 years was a reliable bowling attack, however, it is not the same case now. Sachin Tendulkar in one of his interviews praised the Indian bowlers with the highest compliment. He said – “This is the most complete fast-bowling attack that India have had in many many years. In my assessment, this attack would go as one of the best.”
Jasprit Bumrah is No. 1 in ICC bowling rankings (ODIs) while the left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav is not far behind as he is No. 3.
India have a potent bowling attack and they can go on a rampage on their day.
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