India Down Under: It was a commendable three months for Team India Down Under, where the unit scaled new heights, achieved things that were never achieved earlier on. Virat Kohli as a captain was successful and the big plus for India was former India skipper MS Dhoni’s getting back in form ahead of the marquee tournament later this year, the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
So, what are the things we learnt about the team ahead of the World Cup:
MS Dhoni is indispensable: Ahead of the tour, there were question marks over whether MS Dhoni is good enough for the World Cup, he former skipper answered that when he carried his bat through in all the three ODIs against Australia to help India clinch the series. He also bagged the Man of the Series award for his consistency. The 37-year-old veteran also showed his worth with the gloves. He also brought in all his experience when it came to decision-making and while guiding the spinners.
Virat Kohli is Important: While Kohli played, it seemed the batting order was strong and solid. Once he did not play in New Zealand, the Men in Blue did not look half the force they do with the regular captain in charge. India lost 3 out of 5 matches that Virat didn’t play Down Under. Indian batting underperformed in almost all of these matches.
Too many pacers: Now, that is a good headache to have. One feels that India have too many pacers to pick from. They have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed and Ishant Sharma. It would be interesting to see who play in the starting XI during the World Cup as Jasprit Bumrah will make a comeback.
World Cup 2019 Squad Far From Final: With Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Ajinkya Rahane, Shubman Gill in contention for a World Cup spot, the team is far from final. It is still unsure who is the best fit at No 4. In the current situation, it looks like Ambati Rayudu is going to be the one. Also, does Dinesh Karthik find a spot?
The Men in Blue will have one last chance to get the house in order when Australia come to India for a limited overs series, starting February 24.