India boasts the game’s undoubted superstar batsman in Virat Kohli but their bowling attack could hold the key to their hopes of world cup glory. Despite their status as the game’s global powerhouse, India has only won the showpiece tournament twice in 1983 and 2011.
But Kohli’s men second behind England in one-day international cricket rankings will start the tournament in England and Wales among the favorite alongside the host nation and defending champions Australia.
For all the focus on Captain Virat Kohli the number one batsman in the world in the 50 over format and test cricket, the ability of the India seamers to exploit the conditions could be the most important factor. Jasprit Bumrah the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world leads the pace battery alongside the Mohammad Shami, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, and Hardik Pandya.
Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal add varieties to India’s attack. Former India skipper believes the tournament could be a high scoring affair. I believe in having experienced some of the conditions in England last year with the A-team tour it would be high scoring world cup he said.
In high scoring, World Cup having bowlers who can take wickets in the middle will be very important. I think India is lucky in that regard. Bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal India have got bowlers who can take wickets.
Bumrah with his ability can bowl yorkers to death has picked up 85 wickets in 49 ODI matches since making his international debut in January 2016. Yadav and Chahal had a great Indian Premier League season but have played an important role in India’s recent sucess.
Captain Virat Kohli has scored 19,000 runs across all the formats o0f the International game and shone during India tour of England last year despite defeats in the Test and ODI’s series for the visitors. But the rest of things batting line-up appears for the settled Lokesh Rahul and all-rounder Vijay Shankar vying for the number four spot after Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli in the top three positions.
All-rounders Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar will also be crucial to India’s chances of making the final four in the round robin event. An attacking middle-order batsman a medium fast bowler and quick in the field Hardik Pandya has the ability to turn the games single-handedly.
The 25-year-old Pandya who earlier this year was suspended over sexist remarks on a TV chat show, is fresh from winning the IPL title with Mumbai Indians and keep on focus his energies on his first 50 over World Cup. There is no one even close to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both the bat and ball former India opener Virendra Sehwag said.