The Indian team are very good ODI side in the world. They beat England 3-1 in one day internatinals and West Indies 2-1. Here we look at SWOT analysis of the Indian team ahead of Australian tri series and World cup 2015.
The Indian team has a very strong batting line up which can chase huge totals. In ODI’s Shikhar Dhawan and Ajiynaka Rahane will do the job as openers in tri series. The next three slots belong to Virat Kohli, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayadu. The sixth place is fixed for wicketkeeper/batsman MS Dhoni. Among the five deemed all rounders like jadjea, Karn Sharma, Akshar patel, Ashwin and Binny, two of them can fit according the pitch conditions. Among the pace bowlers we have three pace bowlers between Bhuvneshwar kumar, Mohmmad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. We have some excllent fielders like Kohli, Rahane, Jadjea, Raina.
In ODI’s the country misses a genuine all rounder like Kapil Dev. The main weakness of the Indian team is that they are not able to pick wickets at the start. Our death bowling is the biggest challenge for our bowlers. The openers at foreign soil are not able to get the team off to a great start. Teams like Australia, South Africa, New Zeleand will cash in if the Indian team does not rectify the old probelm of leaking runs at the end. They are not able to bowl yorker and slower ones.
The immediate oppournity is the ODI series against Sri Lanka lined up to abrupt cancellation of the West Indies series. Resting MS Dhoni and Bhuveneshwar Kumar for the first 3 ODI’s gives an oppournity other players to impress the selectors and make in the 15 memeber squad going to Australia. The Vijay Hazare trophy gives an oppournity for fringe players to impress the selectors.
With a long season ahead the Indian selectors must look at options for third opener to be taken to Australia. India needs to have settle combination before the world begins. The Indian team will get tough conditions in Australia. With a lot cricket being played the Indian players must safeguard injuires.