Podcast: Shock to India’s ‘Mission World Cup’, question on team selection

India’s performance in the Asia Cup has disappointed everyone. On that the failure of Virat Kohli, who scored a century for India in the final match of the Asia Cup and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took five wickets, as soon as they arrived in Mohali, is not a good sign. India’s ‘Mission World Cup’ has started looking a bit weak for some time now, especially after the loss in the Asia Cup. There are also some question marks on the selection of the World Cup. The Indian team is in trouble due to lack of consistency. In Mohali, Hardik Pandya has put up another combative performance, while Lokesh Rahul has brightened the extinguished hopes by scoring a half-century.

With the passage of time, India’s dependence on Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya is increasing. Bumrah is ready to play after recovering from injury, but it remains to be seen how fit he is. Bhuvneshwar used to be an effective bowler in the opening overs and death overs, but now it is not so. Bhuvneshwar has given a lot of runs in the number of matches India has lost in the recent past. Spending 52 runs without taking a wicket in Mohali cost India dearly. In such a situation, the unprecedented target of 209 runs also became easy for Australia. Bhuvi, Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan are in the list of poor bowlers this year, conceding more than 40 runs at least four times in an innings. Harshal has crossed this figure five times.

Rohit Sharma also needs to show better captaincy in Nagpur. The bowlers are not getting used to them properly, so the hard work of the batsmen is getting washed away. Had Hardik Pandya not played an unbeaten 71 off 30 balls in Mohali, India would not have even reached two hundred. Obviously, the burden of batting on Hardik is increasing, although there is no shortage of heavy batsmen in the top order.

Eyes are on Virat Kohli, but his form is not consistent. After scoring a century against Afghanistan in Dubai, it was expected that a better innings would come from his bat in Mohali as well. But he put India in trouble by scoring just 11 runs. Rohit’s bat has also been silent for a long time. Lokesh Rahul’s half-century did give some comfort, but the matter of his performance in the IPL has been different. Suryakumar Yadav remains the most trusted. He has consistently contributed well on average.

Mohammed Shami not being in the World Cup team was a bit shocking, but getting Umesh Yadav a chance in the first match was a surprise to him. Because like Shami, Deepak Chahar, who is included in the stand-by list, could have been given a chance. Umesh had to return to India due to injury from county matches. By the way, Umesh did not disappoint and proved his worth by taking two wickets. Similarly, the game of eyeballs continues with Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. It is difficult to say when both will be taken off together or when who will be given preference over whom and why.

On the other hand, Australia has given a message to all the countries by winning the first match that it will not be easy to challenge them in the World Cup. Who knew that Cameron Green, who was included in the team after the withdrawal of David Warner, would be a burden for the Indian team. Matthew Wade completed it, which he laid the foundation of victory by scoring a half-century. In the last several matches, there has been no strategy in the Indian think tank regarding Matthew Wade.

On the other hand, after losing the T20 series 1-2, the Indian women’s team has won the ODI series against England with a 2-0 lead. Indian women have no ODI series win on England soil after 23 years. When the third match is played tomorrow at Lord’s, it will be memorable not only for India, but also for Jhulan Goswami. This will be Jhulan Goswami’s last international match. Jhulan has been an evergreen player and has taken 353 wickets in all three formats in her career spanning almost 20 years.

However, the Indian women’s team won the first ODI against England by seven wickets and the second by 88 runs. Smriti Mandhana, Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Yastika Bhatia and Harleen Deol had excellent batting in both these matches. In the first match, Smriti Mandhana missed a century, but in the second match, Harmanpreet removed this shortcoming by scoring a century. Harmanpreet scored an unbeaten 74 in the first match. Whereas, in the second match, scoring an unbeaten 143 off 111 balls brought a whirlwind, due to which the Indian team scored 333 runs. In response, the host had made the match exciting despite the huge target at one time, but fast bowler Renuka Thakur’s four and Hemlata’s two wickets helped India win by reducing the host to 245.

The Indian women’s team for the Asia Cup has been announced. The current champion Bangladesh is the host of the Asia Cup this time. India has to start its campaign with Sri Lanka on October 1. The Indian team playing in England will play in the T20 Asia Cup, in which only Jemima Rodriguez has been added, who has now recovered from injury.

On the other hand, India A registered a seven-wicket win against New Zealand A in the first match of the three-match unofficial ODI series in Chennai yesterday. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 41, Sanju Samson 39 and Rajat Patidar scored 45 runs for India. Also, Shardul Thakur, who failed in the last match, took four and Kuldeep Sen took three wickets. But Umran Malik also failed in ODIs after the Test. The second match of the ODI series will be played on 25th and the third match will be played in Chennai on 27th.

Earlier, India A won the unofficial Test series 1-0. The first two matches ended in a draw, while in the third match played in Bengaluru, the hosts won by 113 runs. The bowlers played a big role in this victory, Saurabh Kumar created a stir in the guest camp by taking nine wickets. Mukesh Kumar and Rahul Chahar also contributed well.

In the Duleep Trophy semi-final, West Zone – Central Zone and South defeated North Zone by a huge margin of 645 runs to make it to the final, which is currently being played in Salem. Today is the third day of the final. This is the first official match of any format at this ground since 1992. In the first two days, South Zone scored 318 for seven in response to West Zone’s 270 in the first innings. Baba Aparajit scored a century after Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal were dealt cheaply. The credit for getting West Zone out on a low score goes to Sai Kishore, who took five wickets in his name. Het Jignesh Patel was dismissed for 98 from West Zone and missed a century.

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