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Will Team India Win this World Cup?

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ANOTHER HOMECOMING FOR THE BLUE BRIGADE?

The blue brigade walks into the World Cup as hot favorites to lift the title at the home of cricket, having done it once in the historic 1983 campaign. Being the second ranked ODI side in the world, India boast a plethora of batting as well as bowling talent.

With an enviable mix of youth and experience, India are one of the more balanced side in this World Cup, and already know what it takes to win the World Cup with stalwarts MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli the surviving members of the winning squad back in 2011 on home turf.

THE BATTING DEPARTMENT

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India’s batting has been one of reasons for their recent success, with the top three of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli accounting for more than 18 150-plus stands in ODIs.

In comparison, the trio of Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, and Ricky Ponting managed only seven. This shows how dominant the top three of India has been. Of the three of them, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma stand first and second on the ICC cricket rankings respectively.

However, this top order dependence is also cause for concern as the top three have accounted for nearly 50% of the total runs scored by India.

The middle order is a cause for concern, but KL Rahul’s sublime hundred in the warm up game against Bangaldesh will be encouraging to Indian fans. He had a wonderful IPL, and he will most likely be the number 4 that India will look forward to solidify the middle order.

KL Rahul will of course be ably supported and mentored by MS Dhoni who will be the lynchpin holding the middle order together. He can rotate the strike with ease, and play the big shots. His record with finishing games is next to none.

Together, he and Virat Kohli have brought India over the line on many an occasion.

THE ALL-ROUND DEPARTMENT

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The middle order is also bolstered by the inclusion of two very good all-rounders in Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, the latter coming off a fantastic IPL season. He will be burdened with scoring quick-fire runs in the last few overs of the game, and win the game for India, both while batting first or chasing.

Kedar Kadhav is a very handy player who can pose a few problems for batsmen with his bowling with his unorthodox bowling action. He is also fairly good with the bat, and has improved his craft under the leadership of MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings.

For backup, they have the energetic Ravindra Jadeja, who bowls a tight line, and is one of the finest fielders in world cricket. In case of injury scares or where team India feels like they need an extra bowler, Jadeja can slot right back into the playing eleven.

THE BOWLING LINE

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The pace bowling attack is led by the fearsome Jasprit Bumrah, who is the number one ranked bowler in the world. His partner in crime will be the resurgent Mohamed Shami or the calm Bhubaneswar Kumar. Either way, India’s pace attack is extremely strong.

Bumrah can bowl with the new ball as well as bowl at the death with his fast in-swinging yorkers. He has the unique knack to pick up wickets whenever his team wants him.

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Shami has risen like a phoenix in the last couple of years, and is only getting better and better. He looks strong, and fast, and he bowls with purpose, which can unsettle any batsman.

As regards the spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep yadav are the two spinners who will work in tandem in the middle overs. Among them they spin a web around the batting side, strangling them for runs.

Add to that the bowling of Hardik Pandya or Kedar Jadhav, and India certainly looks as though they have all sides covered, and are certainly a force to be reckoned with in this World Cup.

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