How well prepared is Team India for the World T20?
While India prepares to face the West Indies in a three-game T20I series, TOI discusses the questions the hosts face in this final stretch for the T20 World Cup in Australia next October. India has only 11 T20I scheduled before the event.
BAT FIRST AND FINISH?
In T20 cricket, India is much happier chasing totals. They have played 45 games since MS Dhoni was relieved of his duties as captaincy in early 2017, winning 30 and losing 14. Of those 14 losses, 10 have come while setting a goal. Clearly, they need a restart in the plans when it comes to setting a score.
IF IT'S NOT DHAWAN, WHO?
While there is no debate that Shikhar Dhawan He is a match winner as an opening hitter when it comes to ODI, can the same be said about his T20I performances? Lately, he has struggled to get going and has not lasted long enough to compensate for the points he tends to accumulate. He does not have Rohit Sharma It is a power game and can not run one and two like Kohli. This is now a great opportunity for KL Rahul to assert himself. He has enjoyed a good Syed Mushtaq Ali for Karnataka and the Deae Test can free you to make the T20 opener slot yours. That he can maintain efficiently is a great advantage too.
ROTATE WITH FINGERS WITH LOW RISK?
In Australia, where wickets will be hard and true, the turn of the fingers can be meat and drink, and it is here that India should be cautious. They adopted a revolving door policy with Ravindra Tray and R Ashwin to make way for Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and leggie Yuzvendra Chahal in the white ball format. The movement worked briefly but seemed to affect batting balance. The power coup was also a bit compromised. virat Kohli The obsession with a long lineup of batting in limited overs is well known and that is why he has turned to players like Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar. While Sundar plays well in power games and Krunal can take great strokes, can they produce a five to break the game in Australian pitches?
ANOTHER MUDDLE MEDIUM?
India continued to play with the number 4 position while building the team for the World Cup over 50 years in England and it hurt them in the semifinal against New Zealand. Bat Kohli in n. ° 3 is a guarantee and with riches like Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pants, India can once again get into a territory of confusing thought. Iyer hit well against Bangladesh and Pandey has the ability to conjure scandalous blows. Rishabh pants keep flattering to cheat and would be ice skating if it fails here, as Samson can replace it. It is time for India to act correctly.
CAN CHAHAR MAKE A BUMRA?
MS Dhoni uses Chahar's four overs up front while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Against Bangladesh, with the series on the line at Nagpur, skipper Rohit Sharma used him as a finisher. I'm going to use you like Bumrah, he told him as Chahar picked up 6/7 to destroy Bangladesh. Can he do that against the big boys though? India have handed recalls to trusted duo Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami as Bumrah is still injured. Bumrah is expected to regain fitness soon though but with bowlers like Khaleel Ahmed going for runs, the search for the alternate Bumrah is well and truly on.