New Delhi. The schedule of the ICC ODI World Cup has arrived. This World Cup to be played in India will start on 5 October. The final match will be played on 19 November. After the final, the match considered to be the biggest match of the World Cup will be held on October 15, in which India-Pakistan will clash. This match will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India last became world champion in 2011. Then he was also the host. In such a situation, World Cup 2023 is being seen as a big opportunity for the Indian team. The reason is clear – this time also the World Cup will be played in India.
Apart from the hosting and schedule, if we look at India’s preparations, then many things are not yet fixed in the team. The opening pair and the third order batting seem to be settled, but the number four slot is not fixed yet. There is not much scope for experimentation at number five and six. We have excellent all-rounders to play at these numbers. But there is a long list of injured players in bowling. Indian bowling lacks that edge which is necessary to become a world champion.
Rohit-Shubman-Virat in top order
India’s top order is settled. Shubman Gill will open with captain Rohit Sharma. It is also decided to play Virat Kohli at the third position. Ishaan Kishan is being kept in the team as the third opener. If he plays, then India will not even need to keep a wicketkeeper in the middle order.
KL-Pandya-Jadeja in middle order
KL Rahul is still injured but he has the confidence of the team management. If he is fit then he can be seen batting at number four. If he is not fit and Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda can get a place. If Rohit-Shubman do the opening, then only a wicket-keeper batsman will come at number four. These could be Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant, Ishaan Kishan or anyone else. It is also possible that then Hardik Pandya bats at number four and the wicket-keeper batsman is shifted to number five. Ravindra Jadeja is sure to play at number six. Even at number seven, the Indian team is looking for such a batsman, who also bowls a little bit. Right now Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar can also play the role of such batter.
brawl in fast bowling
Indian bowling lineup is that link, which can prove to be weak. Jasprit Bumrah, who has been the best bowler for India in the last few years, is still injured. He can return to the field just before the World Cup, but it is too early to say whether he will return to form. After this comes the name of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj. Both these bowlers are fit and inspire confidence. Then Shardul Thakur is remembered who can prove to be more useful for batting in the lower order than bowling. Jaydev Unadkat, Umran Malik and Mukesh Kumar have been included in the Indian ODI squad for the West Indies tour. But none of these is a frontline fast bowler. You cannot bet on any of these with complete confidence.
spin attack is also difficult
Like the pace attack, the spin attack also does not look very balanced. In the spin attack, India has such options as Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Washington Sundar, who are also all-rounders. But Jadeja, Akshar or Washington Sundar are not match-winner spinners. The effort of these three is to stop more runs than taking wickets. In such a situation, India needs a spinner who can take wickets in the middle overs. Kuldeep Yadav’s name is far ahead in this list. But there is a huge lack of consistency in them. Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi do not have ODI experience. Ravichandran Ashwin has been removed from the ODI format for a long time. In such a situation, it will not be easy for the selectors to choose the team.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 27, 2023, 18:31 IST