Our India World Cup 2019 team guide considers the strengths and weaknesses of Virat Kohli’s side ahead of the big one in England.
India World Cup 2019: Key info
ICC ODI Ranking: 2
Odds to win: 4.0 with Royal Panda
Last World Cup
India were in a transitional period and still recovering from the absences of Tendulkar, Sehwag, Harbhajan and Zaheer Khan, while Virat Kohli wasn’t yet the superhuman batsman he is now.
They lost in the semi-finals to co-hosts and eventual champions Australia, who set them 329 to win. India folded for just 233 in a World Cup performance that was about par for the course.
Champions Trophy performances
Since winning the 2011 World Cup they fared extremely well in the Champions Trophy, beating England in the final in 2013 and losing in the final to Pakistan in 2017. Both were held in England so they’ve certainly shown in recent years they enjoy the conditions over there.
India World Cup 2019: Strengths and weaknesses
Batting Top 3
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are India’s third, ninth and thirteenth highest ODI runscorers of all time. Kohli has 41 centuries, Sharma 22 and Dhawan 15. They average 60, 47 and 44 respectively.
They’ve scored runs all over the world and crucially, they go on to get big centuries once set rather than getting to the landmark and then playing a rash shot. Much will depend on them.
English pitches don’t always take turn but sometimes they do and no-one looks better prepared to exploit that than India. Kuldeep Yadav has an exceptional record away from home and will surely play with Ravindra Jadeja probably joining him as the second spinner and the team’s all-rounder. Between them they can tie any side in knots. But there’s also Yuzvendra Chahal and his right-arm leg breaks to contend with. It’s not unthinkable India could play all three in the right conditions.
On paper, an India World Cup 2019 four from MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar looks pretty good but too often they don’t get over the line if one of the Top 3 aren’t still in, especially in tight run chases.
Even the vastly experienced MS Dhoni occasionally mixes vintage ‘finisher’ knocks with the odd poorly-paced innings when he starts slowly and then gets out at just the wrong time. They’ll be pretty envious of England’s middle order, for example.
India World Cup 2019: Players to watch
Key Player: Virat Kohli
No surprises there. The world’s Number 1 ranked ODI batsman can do the lot: old-school innings based on finding the gaps and hard-running and modern-day ones full of lofted cover drives, flicks over square leg for six and deliberate edges down to third man.
Few are as quick as Kohli between the wickets and even fewer capitalise when set better than the Indian skipper. Kohli is available at 9.0 with Betfair Sportsbook to be the World Cup top runscorer and that’s a pretty solid bet.
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X-Factor player: Kuldeep Yadav
It takes a special player to keep Ravi Ashwin out of the side and Yadav is just that. With a good economy rate of 4.83, an average of 20.63 and a strike rate of 25.6, you can see why the selectors like him so much. As a batting side, you’re never home and dry till he’s finished his 10 overs.
Analysis of India World Cup 2019 chances
India have shown over the last two Champions Trophies held in England that these are conditions where they can thrive. Their fabulous Top 3 enjoy the pace on the ball upfront, their seamers like Bhuvi Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah can exploit conditions when the ball is swinging and there’s a bit of extra pace in the wicket. If it’s taking turn, then they have the players for that, too.
They will have learnt even more about the grounds from the ODI series there in 2018. Any side who boasts the Number 1 and 2 (Rohit Sharma) ODI batsmen in the world has to fancy their chances of going all the way. They might just do that.
India World Cup 2019 Betting
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