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Team Ind's S&W for the WC19

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The squad announced is in line with what was anticipated: 

 

 

Let's look at strengths and weaknesses: 

 

 

a) Openers: Rohit and Dhawan 

 

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Batting position between 1 and 2 remove between 1 and 2 from query
Ordered by batting strike rate (descending)
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Overall figures
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SRDescending 100 50 0 4s 6s  
S Dhawan 13 13 1 420 143 35.00 475 88.42 1 2 2 52 4 investigate this query
RG Sharma 13 13 0 556 133 42.76 701 79.31 1 4 1 44 16

 

  • Both openers are past their best 
  • While Dhawan's SR is relatively acceptable, Rohit's below 80 
  • Conversation rate to 75 runs or more = 19% (which is poor considering the SR) 
  • Once they reach 75 or more, the SR barely touches 100

 

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Overall figures
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SRDescending 100 50 0 4s 6s  
S Dhawan 2 2 1 218 143 218.00 218 100.00 1 1 0 24 3 investigate this query
RG Sharma 3 3 0 315 133 105.00 317 99.36 1 2 0 26 11

 

 

Verdict: Weakness 

 

Expect:

  • A few neither here nor there type of innings 
  • Some good innings vs. esp vs the minnows in games Ind is expected to win anyways 
  • In order to try to play a long inning, someone like Rohit could suck up the momentum 
  • Have to pull up their socks to make Ind competitive 

 

 

b) #3: Kohli 

 

Verdict: Strength (Batting)

 

Expect: 

  • A few solid innings to keep India in the game or win the game

 

 

c) #4 and #5: Shankar and Dhoni 

 

  • The top 4-5 should primarily be looked for their batting abilities 
  • However, Shankar is chosen more for its abilities to bowl a few overs. Has the tendency to implode under pressure  
  • Dhoni can be useful if consolidating 

 

Verdict: Weakness 

 

Expect:

  • A few cameo type innings 
  • When the going gets tough, they may not get going 
  • At best, could be a mixed bag 

 

 

d) #6 and #7: Jadhav and Pandya 

 

  • Both of them are high SR players 
  • Can contribute with the ball 
  • India may not have comparable options at this point
  • Pandya could turn out to be the #2 most important wicket after Kohli 

 

Verdict: Strength (AR Abilities)

 

Expect

  • Good and entertaining innings under pressure 
  • Decent bowling combination as 5th bowlers 
  • Win or lose, their performance could be something to cheer Indian fans up 

 

 

e) #8 and #9: Kuldeep and Bhuvi/Chahal 

 

Verdict: Strength (Bowling)

 

Expect

  • Fighting innings with the bat here and there 
  • Impactful performances with the ball esp. by the two spinners 
  • Could go for big runs in a few games 

 

 

f) #10 and #11: Shami and Bumrah

 

Verdict: Strength (Bowling)

 

Expect

  • Nothing much with the bat 
  • Good bowling performances
  • Ind's fortune could depend upon their ability to pick early wkts 

 

 

g) Bench 

 

  • KL: May get drafted in place of either Shankar or one of the openers once the tourney progresses 
  • DK: Could get the opportunity to keep in a few games as the tourney progresses. But will not have many earth-shattering performances 
  • Jadeja: Could get a look in if some of the other players are not clicking

 

 

Overall Team's Performance

 

  • Once you reach KO anything can happen but to reach there, Team India will have to fight tooth and nail with NZ, SA and WI for a spot 

 

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Around 80% of the time the openers scored 75 or less where: 

 

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Overall figures
Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SRDescending 100 50 0 4s 6s  
S Dhawan 12 12 1 277 75* 25.18 360 76.94 0 2 2 34 1 investigate this query
RG Sharma 10 10 0 241 62 24.10 384 62.76 0 2 1 18 5

 

  • Avg = around 25
  • SR = shockingly bad esp. Rohit's 63 

 

 

If the openers play like this in 80% of group games (7 out of 9) or against the stronger teams, Ind would be on the backfoot as these guys would not be producing meaningful knocks and will be wasting deliveries as well.  These guys would need to find some good form quickly and play more freely! 

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