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ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

2 April 2011, India created history by becoming the first team to win a World Cup at home. Four years down the line, India will look to defend their title when the 2015 Cricket World Cup begins in 37 days’ time. This time, the team has only four players from the victorious 2011 campaign as the seniors haven’t been picked citing poor form. India also have an extra advantage going into the tournament as they are slated to play a triangular series just ahead of the World Cup. Can India successfully defend their crown? Here is a preview of the Indian team going into the World Cup.

India’s World Cup History:

Year

Position

1975

First Round

1979

First Round

1983

Winner

1987

Semi Finals

1992

First Round

1996

Semi-Finals

1999

Super-Six

2003

Runners up

2007

First Round

2011

Winner

 

ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

Kapil Dev led India to victory in the 1983 World Cup

 India Squad for the ICC World Cup 2015:

Captain: MS Dhoni

Coach: Duncan Fletcher

Batsmen:

  •          Rohit Sharma
  •          Shikhar Dhawan
  •          Virat Kohli
  •          Ambati Rayudu
  •          Ajinkya Rahane
  •          Suresh Raina

Bowlers:

  •          Ishant Sharma
  •          Umesh Yadav
  •          Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  •          Mohammad Shami 
  •          R Ashwin

All-Rounders:

  •          Akshar Patel
  •          Ravindra Jadeja
  •          Stuart Binny

Wicket Keepers:

  •          MS Dhoni

Strengths:

  •          An upbeat team in ODIs.
  •          Strong batting order.
  •          Very good fielding unit with a lot of energetic youngsters in the side.
  •          Mohammad Shami’s consistency with the ball.
  •          Presence of the best batsman at the moment Virat Kohli.
  •          Having the world’s best finisher MS Dhoni in their ranks.
  •          MS Dhoni, The Captain.

 ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

Can India repeat their heroics from the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy which they won without the seniors?

 Threats:

  •          Death Bowling.
  •          Current form of their openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma is a concern.
  •          Over dependence on Virat Kohli.
  •          Spinners’ inability to pick wickets and contain the run flow.
  •          Most of the players are new to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand.
  •          Pressure of defending the World Cup.

X-Factor for India in the World Cup:

He has done it in the past for India and will look to repeat history once again. He has stood up whenever the team is in crisis. Currently he is the Best Finisher in ODIs. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s finishing abilities will come in handy whenever the team chases a reasonably huge total. Apart from his batting might, his Captaincy brings a lot of value to the team. His ability to remain Calm under Pressure situations makes him stand out among other captains. Having retired from Test cricket to concentrate on the 2015 World Cup, there won’t be a big surprise if he leads India to their second successive World Cup crown.

ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

MS Dhoni is India’s X-Factor going into the World Cup

Impact Players:

Rohit Sharma

Opener Rohit Sharma, who in his first tour to Australia gained everyone’s attention with the talent he possessed was inconsistent in scoring runs in the past when he was batting in the middle order. When he was handed the responsibility and was asked to open the innings in the limited overs format, he started to flourish. He is not a Virender Sehwag to score runs quickly and put the opposition on the back-foot straight away. Unlike Sehwag, he tends to start his innings slowly, reads the condition and gets himself in. Once, he is set, he will take the attack to the opposition.

ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

Rohit Sharma’s form at the top is crucial for India

He has got India off to a good start in the recent past but failed to convert them to a bigger ones by throwing his wicket away. When he had managed to do so, he scored a brilliant 143 and a couple of double hundreds which includes the highest ever ODI score by any batsman, 264. The team will be relying on Rohit to get them off to a good start and convert his starts to a big one. If he manages to score runs freely, the opposition bowlers will have a nightmare on the field. Now the only question is whether “Can Rohit Sharma convert his starts into big scores?”

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is easily one of the very few modern day batsmen who can score runs consistently across all the formats and is India’s key man as far as batting is concerned in the World Cup. The recently appointed Indian Test captain has mastered the art of batting in ODIs has been scoring runs at will in the last few years. To provide some stability to the middle-order, Kohli has sacrificed his number 3 slot and will bat at number 4 as Kohli himself along with Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni will complete the experienced middle order.

ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

India’s new Mr. Dependable Virat Kohli

Kohli can bat equally well against both pace and spin and when he is on song, it is very difficult to the opposition to stop him. He reads the situation well and plays accordingly. His ability to shift gears whenever needed without panicking makes him stand out among other batsmen in business. Kohli is not new to the conditions down under and will look to continue his good form in the cricket-extravaganza. A good outing for Kohli throughout the tournament will be a blessing in disguise for India, who are looking to defend their World Cup crown.  

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Ever since he made his debut, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been India’s most economical with the ball. Bhuvneshwar, who has swing more than pace as his main weapon, takes the new ball for India and will bowl majority of the overs when the ball is new. He keeps the opposition batsmen under check and often strikes with the new ball. Bhuvneshwar is not a kind of bowler who picks up a bagful of wickets but he sets up for the bowler from the other end to strike. With his ability to move the ball both ways, he is a real threat to the opposition openers especially the left handers.

ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to shine with the new ball

An ODI economy of 4.6 is a good one for a bowler who often bowls inside the field restriction bowlers. He is also one of the very few Indian bowlers who can bowl well at the death but due to some reasons he is not preferred to bowl in the death overs. If Bhuvneshwar manages to repeat his heroics from the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, India have more chances of defending the trophy.

Mohammad Shami

68- The number of wickets taken by Mohammad Shami in 36 ODIs proves his wicket taking skills. Adding to that, he is in a great form at least in ODIs as he finished 2014 as the joint highest wicket taker in ODIs. Shami might not as effective as Bhuvneshwar with the new ball but in the death overs, he is the go-to man for MS Dhoni. He is one of the very few Indian bowlers who is accurate with their Yorkers and he has the ability to bowl Yorkers at ease.

ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

India’s strike bowler Mohammad Shami

If he manages to back up the good work of Bhuvneshwar in the initial overs and stops the run flow off his bowling, India are set for a good time in down under, where the conditions suit him. In spite of being the least experienced among the four Indian fast bowlers, Shami is the strike bowler for India.  

Possible Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Akshar Patel, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami.

ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- India

India should play as an unit to bring the cup back home

India’s Schedule in the ICC World Cup 2015:

Match No.

Date

Against

Venue

Time

1

14-2-2015

Pakistan

Adelaide

0900 IST

2

22-2-2015

South Africa

Melbourne

0900 IST

3

28-2-2015

UAE

Perth

1200 IST

4

6-3-2015

West Indies

Perth

1200 IST

5

10-3-2015

Ireland

Hamilton

0630 IST

6

14–3-2015

Zimbabwe

Auckland

0630 IST

Quarter Finals begin from March 18

Semi-Finals Takes place on March 24 and March 26

Finals on March 29 in Melbourne

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