ICC World Cup 2019: One Bold Change That India Should Make To Their Playing XI
Well, the loss to England on the other day has given a lot to ponder about for the Indian team. One of the major problems was the batting down the order. Once the top-order gets back to the pavilion, the middle-order isn’t delivering the goods, which has become a primary concern for the team.
The opposition teams are targetting the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and the vice-captain Rohit Sharma, as the remaining batsmen are troubling to find the rhythm. The injuries to the key players also haven’t helped the Indian cause.
Shikhar Dhawan’s injury brought KL Rahul to the opening slot while Vijay Shankar was asked to bat in the middle order. The change didn’t work as both the batsmen are failing to deliver for the team at the new slots.
Eventually, it made India to consider an opening batsman as the replacement for the injured-Vijay Shankar. As there is enough time for Mayank Agarwal to join the playing XI, we came up with one change, which could help the Indian team.
Dinesh Karthik in place of Kedar Jadhav:
Apart from the game against Afghanistan, Kedar Jadhav hasn’t been able to put up any performance worth appreciating in this tournament so far. Despite limited opportunities, Kedar has not served the job asked of him as a reliable middle-order batsman.
Except for his slow yet effective innings against Afghanistan, Jadhav has failed to get going from the first ball in the last few overs. At times, he’s been in situations that certainly don’t suit his style of play. As a result, Dinesh Karthik might be a better option to be tried in place of struggling Jadhav.
Karthik, who comes in with a plethora of experience of finishing off the games for India in the recent past, has been in handy form in this format of the game. His ability to strike from the first ball makes him a viable option at No. 6 in this batting order.
Or Ravindra Jadeja…
As we enter the business end of the tournament, with repeated use, the pitches in England are getting worn down and playing three spinners might be key to choke the oppositions.
Besides that, Ravindra Jadeja is a handy option with the bat. He can strike those big sixes for the team and can be the match-winner with the ball.
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