As ever, the Indian Premier League 2019 has been brilliant for its entertainment. The fans thoroughly enjoyed the tournament by feeling the nerves at the pressure moments. However, in the end, it was Mumbai Indians, who once again showed their dominance on the field. Meanwhile, we figured out 5 positives from the IPL 2019 which would help Indian National Cricket Team in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
Here are they:
5. Backups Are Ready For Every Slot:
The biggest positive for the Indian team from the Indian Premier League would be the backup players. The youngsters showed their class in the middle with their stunning piece of the display with the ball and bat.
With the help of tournament, the Indian management has got players, who can perform straightaway if they get the call-up to replace any player in the squad. Right from the slot of Shikhar Dhawan to the spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, every player got the finest backup if necessary.
The likes of Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey would give the options for selectors in batting after Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu. In the spin category, Ashwin and Rahul Chahar have been brilliant alongside Shreyas Gopal. They already got Navdeep and Ishant Sharma for a fast bowler, who delivered in IPL 2019.
4. Change in approach by Shikhar Dhawan:
Every cricketing fanatic from India must thank Ricky Ponting for inserting such a positive mindset for Shikhar Dhawan at the opening slot. Under Ricky’s guidance, Shikhar Dhawan looked altogether a different batsman. He whacked those deliveries with ease for the team.
In the last few years, Shikhar Dhawan developed the habit of starting his innings slow and then building it, which saw India always lacking the runs in the powerplay overs. With the change in approach, Dhawan would certainly give India a few more runs in the powerplay and can quickly take the game away from the opposition.
Dhawan has always been brilliant in the ICC events for India. Hopefully, the new approach would help the Indian National Cricket Team during the crunch situations of the tournament.
3. Mohammed Shami form alongside Jasprit Bumrah:
The right-handed fast bowler Mohammed Shami has delivered the goods brilliant enough for the team. He carried his international form to IPL, where he delivered the goods under pressure for Kings XI Punjab. He was one of the few consistent contributors for the franchise in IPL 2019.
On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah also came into a great mindset when it matters the most. His calmness under pressure and ability to change the complexion of the game would certainly help the Indian team during pressure moments while defending a tally.
The combination of Shami and Jasprit Bumrah alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar is going to be vital for the team, especially, in the major event like ICC World Cup 2019. The English conditions would further help them.
2. Form of MS Dhoni and KL Rahul:
Well, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and KL Rahul have been sensational for their respective teams in the tournament. They stood like a warrior for the team whenever the team was in trouble. Apart from that, the wicket-keeping of MS Dhoni and the ability to perform under pressure by KL Rahul are the soothing aspects.
MS Dhoni clearly proved that his big-hitting skills are still in his arsenal and was always on point in calculating the runs during the chase. The form of MS Dhoni will certainly help the team in the middle-order, which has always been the case for India in overseas tours.
The major positive is KL Rahul, who can fit in quite a few places for the team. He will not only serve as the backup opener but also serves as the backup number 4 batsman if required for the team. There is also a good chance to use him at number 3 if the management believes Virat Kohli can do the job at number 4. The form of KL Rahul will certainly help the team to look out for various plans.
1. Performance Of The ALL-ROUNDER Hardik Pandya:
If you want to win an ODI game in England conditions, the teams must have a quality all-rounder, who is at his prime in both sections of the game. The much-improved Hardik Pandya would certainly help Virat Kohli during the crunch moments of the game.
He got the quality skillset to whack the ball out of the park and also developed quite a few variations under the watchful eyes of Zaheer Khan in the Mumbai Indians’ setup. It would certainly help to bring flexibility for the Indian team.
Besides his bowling, he is a force to reckon with when it comes to his batting ability. He developed those big-hitting skills to smash even Yorker to the fence with his latest helicopter shot. Hopefully, he brings the same to the table for India.