Team India for the World Cup

So, Team India has been announced. The team contains only one deviation to the team that we had predicted, with Piyush Chawla coming in for Sreesanth. I am not sure that is a great decision since there is very little “cover” for our over-fragile pace attack of Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar (currently injured) and Munaf Patel. These days, a strong gust of wind tends to wreck the backs or sides of Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar. So, some “cover” for them might have been a good idea.

With that in mind, Sreesanth might have been an adequate cover for the above physically “fragile” players, especially since it is likely — nay, almost certain — that India will always take the field with three pace-men.

To that end, I would be surprised if Piyush Chawla is anything other than a Dinesh Karthik (drinks, towel and message carrier) in the World Cup.

Given that India play 7 batsmen and 4-bowlers, I do not expect two spinners to play. If that were to happen, one (or both) of the spinners may be forced to operate in the first Power-Play and will be forced to operate in the second Power-Play. No captain will want to be forced into that situation, although they might choose to throw the ball to a spinner within the first 15 overs! So, I really do not expect Piyush Chawla to get a game in the World Cup.

I do expect the World Cup XI to be: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli (Yusuf Pathan), Harbhajan Singh (R Ashwin), Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra (Munaf Patel). Drinks: Piyush Chawla

For the remaining games in South Africa, I do hope India (a) rests MS Dhoni, (b) plays Yusuf Pathan, (c) rests Harbhajan Singh, (d) plays Piyush Chawla.

Provided Parthiv Patel has already reached South Africa, I’d like the team for the remaining 3 ODIs in South Africa to be:

M Vijay, Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina (capt), Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra… Substitutes: Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh.

Although M. Vijay, Sreesanth and Rohit Sharma have not been picked for the World Cup, I believe it will be a good idea for them to show what they are made of — like Virat Kohli has, over the last year! The example of Virat Kohli is what Rohit Sharma needs to follow. Kohli’s journey epitomizes what the young Rohit Sharma needs to do. The Delhi player was a self-centered and self-obsessed, arrogant lad who transformed himself into a focussed young man. The result of this was a string of stirring performances that made every one sit up and take notice. He had arrived. He could not be ignored any longer.

Rohit Sharma needs to do a Virat Kohli now. He needs to get his game together. But more importantly, he needs to channel his undeniable talent. He also needs to do it in a hurry.

— Mohan

10 responses to “Team India for the World Cup

  1. When Zaheer took that diving catch today, my heart went to my mouth. Those are the sort of things he and the rest of the pacers need to guard themselves from! :p

  2. Srikanth Mangalam

    Mohan, I completely agree with you on the Rohit Sharma story. He is wonderful to watch when in flow, much like Dilip Vengsarkar. He needs to get his head fixed, focus as you say, and make use of the opportunity that he seems to be handed with time and again. I would be extremely sad and disappointed if he fails to seize the chances as I have been a big fan of his since the World T20 in SA.

    On a different note, that fact that folks like Virat Kohli are more than likely going to be sitting out in the WC, I am extremely worried about the fielding. Only Suresh Raina can be considered as an outstanding fielders with the rest ranging from average to mediocre fielders. Hopefully, the batsmen make up the deficit by scoring plenty of runs….

  3. India sucks!! Indians suck. . . . .man they suck so hard!! :O 😀 😀

  4. Mohan and Srikanth
    Can’t understand your comments on Rohit – he has had tonnes of opportunities and hasn’t utilised those and hasn’t performed at all – just a look at his average playing for India will tell the story. I am very happy that he was dropped and Kohli was picked.Before Kohli, it was Badri who suffered because of Rohit. Badri is still a good ODI (and test) player but age (and support from TNCA a la Sadagopan Ramesh) is not on his side and we may not see him donning India colours again. Without Sachin, Gambhir, and Sehwag India are doing extremely well away in South Africa who are playing their full strength team. This definitely augurs well for India because the bench is being tested and they have cme out (so far) with flying colours – it is not easy playing SA in SA. Ain’t I glad that they chose Parnell over Albie for the WC?

  5. Hi mohan,
    i too have the same thought process over Rohit Sharma. There is lot of tamasha being made of him missing the bus for WC. At the same time feel Ojha & Parthiv should have been in the team. Read my thoughts on my blog spinweb.blogspot.

  6. Mohan,
    Don’t complain,

    Just be thankful you don’t the Australian selectors who are clearly the the most hamfisted, boggle minded colllection of dipsticks in the history of the universe.

    They give stupidity a bad name

  7. in Indian cricket is the best sport ,so whatever negative news come people like Cricket more and more

  8. probably it is the last world cup for Sachin and winning world cup is his dream.

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