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Gah, India look a bruiser of a side. Reckon only a Starc-induced collapse stands between them and the World Cup.
Why windies not open with hope, no need to mess around with batting order
That looks the game there Windies needed a fast start on this pitch to get ahead of game, with gayle gone there chances of winning are unlikely
Make your mind up.What are the Windies think tank in dressing room thinking in sending in hope it should be pooran at 3 considering this sluggish start,
I'm starting wonder if he'll even hold his place. I'd definitely pick him over Pant but I'm much more anti-Pant in ODIs than most and the gap will surely be closing with each failure, particularly given he's not really bowling.Vijay Shankar really needs to step up if India has to win the WC. Right now there is a huge hole in the middle and we can only pray no one gets to it.
Agreed. It's the flat batting pitches I'm most worried about coming across because that's where Rohit or Kohli absolutely HAVE to go big for us to have a chance. If your side is entirely reliant on two batsmen to carry an innings, you're eminently beatable. Take Warner out of Australia and suddenly they look significantly less threatening - that's essentially the situation we're in with the loss of Dhawan.As good as India's bowling attack is, Australia still scored 300+ against them. Only because India had scored 350+ that they won. And that required services of Dhawan who is no longer available. So it's not hard to see a good batting side beating India
tbh with pandya fit i never understood why he was in and around the team. There are a few 'proper' batsmen i'd rather have in the team ahead of him in the middle and lower middle order if it came to it rather than the likes of Karthik, Jadhav and even Rayudu especially since Dhoni is a shadow of his former self. The likes of Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya rahane or even the dropped Pandey not to mention Gill and Shaw might have been good options for that middle order.I thought Vijay Shankar was done as an international player after the legendary Nidahas final tbh. Never thought he'd recover and from that nightmare performance and manage to get back in the side.
Pandya's injury created an opening for him and he played a few good knocks against NZ and Australia after that. There was a partnership with Kohli in particular where he outshone him.I thought Vijay Shankar was done as an international player after the legendary Nidahas final tbh. Never thought he'd recover and from that nightmare performance and manage to get back in the side.
But will Bhuvi really add much with his batting? I don't remember any good innings from him recently. If Shaw, Iyer or Gill were groomed well at international stage and played in this World Cup by now, it would have been awesome. Pant is still there though.It's a real conundrum, I desperately want the extra batting but all four bowlers are too good to drop for that.