The year 2019 is considered to be the most important year for the cricketing world because this year the biggest tournament of cricket is to be played i.e. World Cup. After Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy, the Indian cricket team has performed brilliantly under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.
In addition to his dominance in Asia, Kohli and Co. have also been successful in winning the series in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Although India is seen as a strong contender for the World Cup, some flaws in the team can cause disappointment in the tournament. Take a look at the 3 main reasons that India may have to fight in the World Cup.
1. Lack of continuity in the middle
Since losing the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan in 2017, the Indian team has shown the most consistency in ODI cricket. However, the uncertainty of India’s mediocrity can give them a lot of pain. For Number 4, India has tested Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, and after that the Indian team considered Ambati Rayudu as suitable for this.
If you look at the stats of Rayudu, then he can be best for the middle order but he is not backing up his stats. With Dhoni, Rayudu also plays a lot of dots at the beginning of the innings so that the fall of the wickets can be stopped, but it can not always prove to be a deal of profit.
2. The disappointing performance of Indian Openers in swinging condition
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have performed brilliantly in the form of an opening pair, and their spectacular display of innings rate has established them one of the best opening pairs of the current time in ODI cricket. Despite their dominance in ODI cricket, there are inconsistencies when they face a new ball in a swinging condition.
The ODI played against Sri Lanka in Dharamshala, then the ODI played in Leeds against England and then a one-day match played in Hamilton, Indian Openers looked helpless in front of the swing balls. The performance of Indian Openers in front of swinging balls has been quite disappointing, which maintains a lot of pressure on the middle order.
3. Fifth bowler problem
The recent credit to the Indian team for whatever success has been achieved in the limited overs cricket goes to their bowlers. Fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, together with the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, have established themselves as the most trustworthy bowler of this format.
However, India is often unable to get its fifth bowler. Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya remain the strongest contenders for the role of the fifth bowler, but especially Pandya loses a lot of runs at the end of the innings.
In any match, if one of the four fast bowlers was unfit to perform then, it will be very challenging for them to adjust their bowling.