India is going to walk into the ICC World Cup 2019 as red-hot favourites. The Men in Blue has ticked the right boxes in the recent past and would like to go all the way in the coveted tournament. Virat Kohli’s men are high on confidence after clinching the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand.
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Thus, India National Cricket Team will like to keep up the impetus in the ICC World Cup 2019. They have most of the bases covered and would like to be at the top of their game in the ODI showpiece.
Here are the trump cards of India National Cricket Team in ICC World Cup 2019:
Rohit Sharma has done a great job since the 2015 World Cup. The Indian flamboyant batsman has batted at the top of his game. The stylish batter has been instrumental in providing a solid platform to the Indian side.
India’s vice-captain has had a merry time in the recent past. Rohit Sharma has also continued with his penchant of scoring daddy hundreds. The right-hander is a dangerous batsman once he gets going and he is going to hold the key for the team in the ODI showpiece.
Rohit has been a different batsman since 2013. In fact, he has averaged more than 50 in each of the last five years. Rohit scored 1293 runs at an average of 71.83 in 2017 and amassed 1030 runs at 73.57 in 2018. Thus, he has turned the tables in the second phase of his career.
Shikhar Dhawan will like to continue his love affair with the major ICC events in World Cup 2019. Dhawan has been a consistent performer in the big tournaments and he would like to be at the top of his game.
The southpaw batsman scored 960 in 2017 at an average of 48 in 22 matches. The left-hander continued his good form in 2018 as well. The Indian opener accumulated 897 runs at an average of 49.83 in the 19 matches he played.
Dhawan is going to be crucial for the India National Cricket Team. He has ticked the right boxes in big events and he would like to continue with his form.
Virat Kohli is going to be the biggest trump card for the Indian team in the ICC World Cup 2019. Kohli has been the most consistent batsman in the world and he would like to be at his best in the World Cup event.
Kohli has been instrumental in the success of the team. In fact, the Indian captain has scored runs in almost every match and he is going to be the epicentre of India’s batting unit.
Kohli averaged 92.38 in 2016, 76.84 in 2017, 133.56 in 2018 and he is averaging 50.17 in 2019. Hence, the numbers tell you the whole story as Kohli has played a big part in India’s rule in ODI format.
Jasprit Bumrah is going to an imperative cog in India’s World Cup wheel. Bumrah has ticked the right boxes in the recent past and he would like to be at the top of his game.
Bumrah can provide the wickets in the powerplay overs and he also keeps the runs in check in the death overs. The Indian gun pacer has been right on the money with his line and length and hardly gives a sniff to the opposition batsmen.
Bumrah is hard to get away and he is generating quick speed which makes him a lethal weapon for Virat Kohli. The talisman bowler has been in stellar form in the last three years.
Bumrah scalped 17 wickets in four matches in 2016 at an average of 14.65 and economy of 3.65. The Gujarat speedster took 39 wickets in 13 matches in 2017. He continued his dream form in 2018 as he took 22 wickets in nine matches at an average of 16.64 and economy rate of 3.63. Thus, Bumrah is going to be a big bowler for India.
Kuldeep Yadav could be the X-factor for the Indian team in the upcoming World Cup 2019. The mystery chinaman has provided the breakthroughs in the middle overs and he has done a great job in his partnership with Yuzvendra Chahal.
It is not easy to pick Kuldeep Yadav and he has a deadly weapon of googly in his arsenal. Hence, Kuldeep Yadav will like to make the most of the dry pitches in the English conditions.
Kuldeep scalped 22 wickets in 14 matches in 2017 at an average of 24.77. Furthermore, he took 45 wickets in 19 matches at a staggering average of 17.78 with the best of 6-25 in 2018.
MS Dhoni was able to get back his Midas Touch in 2019. Dhoni who struggled to get going in 2018 has been able to turn the tables in this year. The talisman batsman has scored 241 runs in the four innings of the calendar year. Dhoni scored three successive fifties in the ODI series against Australia and also bagged the Man of the series award.
Dhoni has all the experience under his belt and his experience is going to critical in India’s success. There is no player who could handle the pressure situations better than MS Dhoni and he could be India’s trump card.
Dhoni will like to rotate the strike with aplomb as it has been his Achilles Heel in the recent past. The former skipper is providing the guidance to the spinners which is helping them stay two steps ahead of the opposition batsmen. Furthermore, MS Dhoni’s quick glovework has not faded away.