World Cup affords Men in Blue a shot at redemption


Eyeing the top: Rohit would look to emulate Kapil’s Devils and Dhoni’s merry band.
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Playing of their yard whereas eyeing an ICC title that has eluded them since 2013, the Men in Blue get one other alternative to copy the profitable exploits of Kapil’s Devils (1983) and M.S. Dhoni’s merry band (2011).

The ICC World Cup’s thirteenth version performed throughout India from this Thursday to November 19, can even witness Rohit Sharma’s men clocking excessive air-miles as they criss-cross the nation.

Ever for the reason that 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victory, India has faltered within the climactic levels of inter-continental tournaments. It is a end result that goes towards the grain as in bilateral jousts, be it Tests, ODIs and T20Is, India, below Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and now Rohit, have discovered methods to emerge on prime.

The newest World Cup affords an opportunity at redemption and hopefully the phrase ‘choke’, that shadows India in international championships, can be consigned to the sidelines.

Weak tail

India has the batting arsenal proper from the troika of Rohit, Shubman Gill and Kohli, to the middle-order with Okay.L. Rahul and Shreyas Iyer stepping up.

That Suryakumar Yadav is but to completely uncover his voice in ODIs in contrast to the roar he unleashes in T20Is, is a fear however the administration has religion in him.

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round abilities may be a key issue particularly as the following tail appears weak. Getting the enjoying eleven proper might be a problem because the temptation would all the time be about fortifying the batting arm. That Rahul is donning the wicketkeeping gloves very similar to coach Rahul Dravid, who did the identical within the distant previous, is a pointer to this philosophy.

Even if the proficient Ishan Kishan is within the ranks, equally adept behind the stumps and with the willow in entrance of it, an injured Rishabh Pant’s absence can be felt.

Seamers Jasprit Bumrah and the Mohammeds — Shami and Siraj, needs to be computerized selections however as a batting trio, they could not yield a lot and whether or not that would open up a berth for Shardul Thakur stays to be seen.

Welcome return

Meanwhile, R. Ashwin’s return augurs nicely. He, Kuldeep Yadav and the opposite spinners want to remain tight within the center overs in addition to prising out wickets. India has a robust unit however in an extended match, health ranges need to be maintained.


Hardik Pandya might be India’s talisman. His capability to clear the ropes, bowl with zest and discipline with alacrity, affords an all-round choice that ought to bolster Rohit Sharma’s males. Having emerged from an injury-hiatus, Hardik has moved on from that fragile section and India wants him at his finest.

And the trail in direction of that victor’s podium begins with a small however essential step: Sunday’s match towards Australia at Chennai’s M.A. Chidambaram Stadium!

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