As we all know, India has won the recent ODI series against South Africa 5-1. Though India was strong enough in each of the game to defeat the hosts, some areas were quite visible under which India needs some major improvements. Especially when they are building a squad for the World Cup.
In every single match, one thing was quite visible which was India’s dependency on the top order and the bowling attack. Since Team India is not consistent with the middle order players, those always stays as a concern. The only match India lost clearly saw the failure of Indian middle order, if they contribute in elevating the pace of the Indian innings, the score could go way high for the opponent to reach.
Although undeniably Dhoni is a brilliant middle-order batsman but even he needs time to settle down before playing some big shots. The Indian squad has also found it difficult to choose a permanent player at number 4 position, they have tried Iyer, Rahane, Karthik, Jadhav and Pandey but haven’t got much.
As it used to be some years back when Yusuf Pathan accompanied by players like Raina and Yuvraj who could easily boost the scorecard after India has lost 2-3 wickets. The same is not the case in the current squad as India needs a batsman along with Hardik Pandya, as he is a hit or wicket case, need someone to accelerate the number at the end of the innings.
Next year is the year of cricket’s biggest event, the World Cup 2019 and it would be great if India could find a consistent middle order player by then. On that note, we have some names in India and read below, as we jot down the names of the players whom India could consider to build a solid squad for WC 2019. Check below:
#1 Rishab Pant
The dashing Indian batting sensation, Rishab Pant could be a great option for the Indian team to use in the upcoming World Cup.
If you have seen him playing in the IPL last year, you might not doubt his capabilities to hit big shots and certainly, the Indian team should test a player like him in the upcoming series. It’s not like we are the only one noticing Panth’s potential, even the Indian team saw what this 20 years old can do and tested him for a T20I match last year.
Pant was anyhow unable to replicate his IPL success on the international stage and was dropped from the side after playing only two T20I matches. The left-hander wicket-keeper batsman has a pretty low chance to be in the international squad as the selectors have made it clear that MSD is their ultimate choice wicket-keeper for the World Cup. Though they certainly could use a backup wicket-keeper and middle-order batsman so he could be of good use for the Indian team.