After weeks of uncertainty and multiple confrontations, wiser heads have finally prevailed as the Indian squad for the upcoming edition of the ICC Champions Trophy was named on Monday, 8th May. This comes after the BCCI missed out on the original deadline of 25th April, with its tussles with the ICC underway. For fans and well wishers of Indian cricket, however, the news of the squad being announced will bring about a great sense of relief, as at one point, it seemed that the defending champions would boycott the event.
The squad which was named was more or less expected, with Virat Kohli’s era as captain commencing off earlier in the year against England. The men in blue fared terrifically against England as all boxes were ticked in the three-match series. Veterans such as MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh striking form was just what the doctor ordered for the Indian team.
But the one aspect which stood out as the biggest boon for India in that series was the emergence of two finishers, in the form of Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya. Finishing was a department in which the Indians lacked behind since early 2015 and the long wait lasting 2 years was finally over when a gem in Jadhav was unearthed against England.
With India being placed in the relatively easier group also comprising of South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the side led by the effervescent Virat Kohli is already among the favourites for the competition. Going in as the defending champions, India shall remain under the spotlight for various reasons. Thereby, below, we conduct a detailed analysis of the Indian squad, which will be on that flight to the UK for the grand event.
India’s probable playing XI:
- R. Sharma 2. S. Dhawan 3. V. Kohli (c) 4. Y. Singh 5. MS Dhoni (wk) 6. K. Jadhav 7. H. Pandya 8. R. Jadeja 9. R. Ashwin 10. B. Kumar 11. J. Bumrah