ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India, Probable XI, Past Record, Fantasy Ratings, Fixtures

If you were ever were asked to list the components of what makes a great cricket team, most people would list elements like a balanced strong batting unit, a fiery pace attack, foxy spinners, a fielding group ready to leave it all in the field, and gutsy leadership. Well, when talking about the Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, most of these boxes seem to have been ticked already.

You have got experienced openers who are capable of giving the team flying starts against any opposition, a middle order led by the best batsman in world cricket at present, an experienced, cunning hand behind the stumps, two young spinners who opposition batsmen are still struggling to read and a pace attack that could put traditional pace powerhouses to shame on their day.

Led by Virat Kohli, the Indian team goes into the tournament as one of the favourites thanks to its all-round strength. The World Cup 2019 being held with a league style format like the IPL, with all 10 teams playing each other once before the top 4 teams qualify for the knockouts. In this article we do a quick analysis of the team and what can the fans expect from the Men in Blue in this one and half month long cricket festival.

Full Squad:

Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), MS Dhoni (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.

Probable XI:

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah.

Past record in the World Cups:

YEARRESULT
1975
Eliminated in league stage
1979Eliminated in league stage
1983Champions
1987Eliminated in semi-finals
1992Eliminated in league stage
1996Eliminated in semi-finals
1999Eliminated in league stage
2003Runners up
2007Eliminated in league stage
2011Champions
2015Eliminated in semi-finals

Led by Virat Kohli (C), the Indian team goes into the tournament as one of the favourites thanks to its all-round strength. . (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP)

Current Fantasy Rating based on recent performances:

Shikhar Dhawan

The southpaw from Delhi had a solid start to the IPL 2019 season scoring a total of 521 runs in 16 matches. He scored 4 fifties in the league stages of the IPL at an average of 35.26. His form did peter away towards the closing stages of IPL.

As a swashbuckling opener Dhawan can give quick starts at the top of the order, which then the middle order can build upon. Rating: 6.5/10

Rohit Sharma

Rohit blew hot and cold during the IPL 2019 season scoring a total of 405 runs at a paltry average of 28.92. He just managed 2 fifty run scores and his most recent 55 not out came against KKR in the last league contest.

Rohit Sharma is capable of solid starts and then go big as he builds through the innings. Rating: 6/10

Virat Kohli

The captain of the Indian cricket team did his best during the IPL 2019 season even though his team RCB did not do well. Kohli scored 464 runs at an average of 33.14 with 2 fifties and a century in the bargain.

Captain Kohli’s international form has also been very good as he showed in the last series against Australia. Rating: 8.5/10

Vijay Shankar

Shankar came into the Indian team on the back of his all-round abilities. India had a problem of filling the 4th player slot in the lineup and Shankar got the call up. He had a slow IPL 2019 season with SRH managing only 244 runs in 15 matches. He did not get much of chance to show his bowling prowess with only 8 overs and 1 wicket in 15 matches. Rating: 5.5/10

MS Dhoni

MSD had a solid IPL 2019 with CSK taking them to the Finals against MI. Dhoni scored 416 runs in 15 matches with a best score of 84 not out. Most of his runs came while batting at number 5 and 6 at an average of 83.20.

MS Dhoni was very sharp behind the stumps as well getting 8 catches and 7 stumpings. Rating: 9.5/10

Kedhar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav had an on and off IPL 2019 season owing to injury and couldn’t really settle into the CSK side only managing 162 runs in 14 games. His sling arm bowling was not used by MS Dhoni in the IPL. But, Jadhav had a good series against Australia before the IPL scoring 44 runs in the final of that series.

Owing to his fitness issues, he might play or give way to Ravindra Jadeja during the World Cup. Rating: 5.5/10

Hardik Pandya

The flamboyant all-rounder was part of Mumbai Indians’ title winning campaign in IPL 2019. Pandya played some late and quick-fire cameos against RCB and KKR. He managed 402 runs in 16 matches with a high score of 91, while batting at number 6 or 7.

Hardik Pandya is crucial in the all-rounder slot for India owing to the poor form of Vijay Shankar and injury issues of Kedar Jadhav. Rating: 8/10

Kuldeep Yadav

The slow left-arm chinaman bowler didn’t have a strong IPL 2019 campaign. He was taken to the cleaners on most days managing only 4 wickets in 9 matches and eventually got dropped from the KKR team.

Kuldeep is crucial to the longer format because of his ability to build pressure over a period of 10 overs and eventually forcing a mistake from the batsmen. Rating: 6/10

Mohammed Shami

Shami was the spearhead of the KXIP attack during IPL 2019. He took 19 wickets in 14 matches at an economy rate of 8.68, which is very good for a fast bowler who opens the bowling attack.

Shami is likely to lead the attack for India alongside Jasprit Bumrah and the swinging conditions of English pitches will help his cause. Rating: 7.5/10

Yuzvendra Chahal

The leg break bowler had a good season in a poor RCB team during IPL 2019. He got 18 wickets in 14 matches at a healthy economy of 7.82 during the high pressure overs of T20 cricket.

Chahal is key to breaking partnerships and is not afraid to get hit while doing so. Rating: 8/10

Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah is the fast bowling spearhead of the Indian cricket team. His ability to bowl focused Yorkers at any point of the match is a useful weapon in English conditions. Bumrah had a healthy campaign in IPL 2019 winning the title with Mumbai Indians taking 19 wickets in 14 matches at an economy rate of 8.68.

Bumrah is number one in ICC rankings for bowlers and will be the ace in the hole for Virat Kohli. Rating: 9/10

The last time India was in England (Most Recent Tour):

VenueBest BowlerHighest ScorerResult
Trent Bridge, NottinghamKuldeep Yadav, 6/25Rohit Sharma 137* (114)Eng – 268, Ind – 269/2, India won by 8 wickets
Lords, LondonKuldeep Yadav, 3/68Virat Kohli 45 (46)Eng – 322/7, Ind – 236, England won by 86 runs
Headingley, LeedsYuzvendra Chahal, 10 ovs 41 runs (4.10)Virat Kohli 71 (72)Ind – 256/8, Eng – 260/2, England won by 8 wickets

India Fixtures:

DateOpponent Venue
5th June 2019South AfricaSouthampton
9th June 2019AustraliaLondon
13th June 2019New ZealandNottingham
16th June 2019PakistanManchester
22nd June 2019AfghanistanSouthampton
27th June 2019West IndiesManchester
30th June 2019EnglandBirmingham
2nd July 2019BangladeshBirmingham
6th July 2019Sri LankaLeeds

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