Is this the Best Indian World Cup Squad?
The Indian cricket team for the 2011 World Cup Cricket has been announced and as usual the selection has surprise inclusions and exclusions. Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be captaining the team which comprises of old war horse such as Sachin, Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan. Cricket experts around the world says that this is one of the best Indian team for a World Cup championship due to the talent and experience the team possess.
The Indian Cricket squad for the 2001 World Cup is as follows.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/WK), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra.
The surprise inclusion seems to be Piyush Chawla who was selected ahead of Pragyan Ojha. Ojha has been performing pretty well in the last couple of seasons and everyone expected him to be in the team for 2011 World Cup, but the selectors had some other plans. Another surprise exclusion was that of Rohit Sharma who was left out of the Indian World Cup team. He had been performing decently in the recent times, if not exceptionally well. But making him out of the team and including a player like Raina who has not been in the greatest of form in the recent months, has surprised all the cricket fans. Kerala pace Sreeshanth also expected to be in the team, but he was not there in the final squad.
This team looks strong on the paper, but not sure how it will perform on the field. The team is filled with exceptional talents with Sachin Tendulkar leading the pack. But the matter is about hitting the peak form at the right time. If the team does not collectively hit good forum during the world cup, then it is going to be a herculean task, taking into note that India is placed in a tough group. This would be Sachin Tendulkar’s last world cup and he would desperately wish to win the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
The batting line up is strong enough with Tendulkar, Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni and Yousuf Pathan. But the major issue lies in the bowling and fielding department where India has failed miserably in the recent times. Apart from Zaheer, Indian doesn’t have a fast bowler who can take wickets at regular intervals. Even in the middle and slog overs, India do not have that partnership breaking bowler who can turn the match in India’s favour. Same is the case with fielding as the overall fielding performance of India is below average.
But the home ground advantage is always there and this would increases the chances of India performing well in this world cup or may be in winning the cup. Let us hope that the batsmen and bowler hit their peak form at the right time and bring home the glory after 18 years. All the best TEAM INDIA!!