World Cup 2019: The Indian team isn’t just ‘good’, it’s near-invincible
Virat Kohli has got a perfectly balanced team fro world cup 2019, with most players in good shape. The team is actually capable of dominating the cricketing world, the way the Australian team did in the early 2000s
The men in blue are having a terrific run in the World Cup 2019, tasting victory in all the matches they have played till now. New Zealand has also remained unbeaten so far, with their third game against India abandoned due to rain.
England is a potent side on paper, even though they lost their match against Pakistan. With Steve Smith and David Warner back on the Australian side, and a superior pace attack at their disposal, the defending champions looks good for another title win. West Indies and Pakistan are also strong contenders for the title.
England is a formidable side on paper
In short, there are many ‘good’ teams contesting in this tournament. And that used to be the case always, but one team usually stays a notch ahead of others with sheer dominance in all aspects of the game. In the last two decades, that team used to be Australia.
However, this time, it’s India. Virat Kohli has got a perfectly balanced squad, with most players in good shape. In fact, his team is actually capable of dominating the cricketing world, the way the Australian team did in the early 2000s.
Australia used to be an invincible side in the early 2000s
If we were to compare that Australian team with the current Indian contingent, we would be able to find many similarities. The likes of Mathew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn Mc Grath and Brett Lee formed a team that was complete in every way. The same is the case with the current Indian team.
From the batting perspective, the top order that includes the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Kohli is inarguably the best in the world. Dhoni at five gives stability to the middle order. Hardik Pandya has evolved into one of the finest strikers of the cricket ball. Add to that Kedar Jadhav’s finishing skills - India has nothing to worry about when it comes to batting.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma - The twin pillars of India's batting
A strong batting line-up is something that India had in the past as well, but this will be the first time in decades that the team boasts such high quality bowlers, in both spin and pace departments.
Jasprit Bumrah’s stats speaks volumes for himself. He has taken 90 wickets from 51 matches, at an average under 22 and economy of 4.5. An Indian pacer to have a bowling average under 25 is a rarest of the rare phenomenon. His deadly yorkers and the steep bounce he generates with his unique bowling action is a threat to any batsman in the world. He is the number one ODI bowler in the world for a reason.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar might not have such outstanding stats like Bumrah, but he has been complementing the latter brilliantly in the last couple of years. His pace has increased considerably, as he has been hitting over the 140 kph mark on many occasions. Leaking runs in the death overs has been a headache for India for years, which appears to be solved now with the arrival of Bumrah and Kumar.
Jasprit Bumrah - India's ace pacer
In the spin department, the duo of Yuvzendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav can spell doom for the opposition. Most players are yet to decode Kuldeep and Chahal’s googlies and leggies, as they play a crucial role in taking wickets in the middle overs, setting up the stage perfectly for the pacers to strike in the end overs.
The current crop of players has taken fielding as well to a new level. Led by Ravindra Jadeja, India now has quality fielders in their ranks, including Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya. The infectious energy that these players bring to the field, coupled with Dhoni’s sharp-wicket keeping skills makes India a team that rarely misses an opportunity to pounce on the opposition.
Hardik Pandya - The all-rounder India had been longing for
As a team, India appears to have ticked all the boxes right in this World Cup. Both their wins in the tournament (against South Africa and Australia) were comprehensive. England also seems to be a formidable unit, but the captaincy experience and pressure handling abilities of Dhoni and Kohli give the men in blue an edge over the hosts. India also has a better record than England in performing well at big tournaments.
Ravichandran Ashwin had recently said that India will dominate the ongoing World Cup, the way Australia did in 2003 and 2007. It appears that Kohli’s men are well equipped to make Ashwin’s prediction true.
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