We are just a few days away from the start of the major event in the game of cricket. All the teams are ready for the ICC World Cup 2019 with their settled squads and hoping to mark their name on the glorious trophy. Meanwhile, the Virat Kohli-led side will enter as one of the hot favourites to seal the cup, as they got quality lineup in their attack. Regarding the same, we figured out India’s Probable batting lineup in the ICC World Cup 2019.
Here it is:
1. Rohit Sharma:
Well, will they dare to try any other in place of Rohit Sharma at that slot? The flamboyant batsman has been incredible for the team ever since he started opening the batting for the team. He has become one of the best opening batsmen in white-ball cricket in the world at the moment. Rohit Sharma got the knack of scoring big hundreds if he gets the start.
Since the start of 2016, he has scored in excess of 3,000 ODI runs at an average of 66.14 which includes 16 tons. The Indian limited-overs vice-captain has been one of the reasons for India’s success over the last few years under Virat Kohli captaincy.
2. Shikhar Dhawan:
If we put it in a meme language, we can say that there is no better love story than between Shikhar Dhawan and the ICC events. The stylish opening batsman has become a force to reckon at that slot. If Shikhar Dhawan has a good day at the office than India will surely have a good day, as he scores run at such a good run rate.
Besides that, he is an only left-handed batsman in the top and middle-order for the team. It means that his presence in the middle is must in order to make the opposition break sweat with their field placements.
3. Virat Kohli:
Of late, there were many debates carried on Virat Kohli being moved to number 4 during the ICC World Cup 2019. The head coach Ravi Shastri himself made the statement in an interview, which shocked the cricket fraternity as the skipper had a tremendous run at number 3 position. However, his record at number 4 isn’t bad either.
To start the world cup, Virat Kohli will play at his regular number 3 position. A lot of the team chances to win the game will depend on his consistency in the tournament.
4. Vijay Shankar:
The batting all-rounder has always been a scarcity for India in the International cricket. After Kapil Dev, we hardly got a player with a stature like him. After quite a time, India got a leap of faith with Hardik Pandya delivering the goods in both sections of the game. Now, they got one more player in the form of Vijay Shankar, who is a batting dominant all-rounder.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for the youngster. Most probably, India would start with Vijay Shankar at number 4 as MSK Prasad mentioned during the squad announcement. With the tournament being so long, the rotation of players will be on the cards.
5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
The form of MS Dhoni will be decided whether the Indian National Cricket Team can win the trophy or not. With the England conditions demanding the heroics from the middle-order batsman, MS Dhoni’s form will be key for the team.
Over the years, he did amazing service for the team. MS Dhoni will be the floater of the team, as there is a good chance of seeing him at number 4 or going down if the team required Hardik Pandya heroics.
6. Kedar Jadhav:
The right-handed unorthodox cricketer has recently undergone a shoulder injury. However, he could be fit when the tournament gets underway. Despite having a poor form with the bat, he will be crucial for India’s chances in the tournament.
Jadhav got the knack of scoring runs for the team down the order. His ability to play under the pressure is the massive advantage for the team down the order.
7. Hardik Pandya:
Hardik Pandya is going to be the balance of the team. Currently, he is in a fine form with the bat and can make the difference with his blistering striking down the order. He is one of those players, who can change the complexion of the game with ease.
Pandya has played 45 matches in which he has scored 731 runs at an average of 29.2 with a strike rate of 116.6. He has also taken 44 wickets, making him a crucial weapon for India in the World Cup. Pandya enjoyed a fabulous season as a batsman this year in the IPL, and he will look to continue his fine form in the upcoming World Cup.