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Are Indian Cricketers Capable to Defend World Cup Title?

November 18
09:01 2014

india winNew Delhi, Tuesday, November 18 – In the lately held India and Sri Lanka series, one point is absolutely apparent that it is not going to be easy probably for any team to beat World Cup winners of 2011in the upcoming contests until and unless mistakes aren’t done from their own end.  The way Virat Kohli led India logged victory against the neighbors in the 5-match One-Day International series is gonna be remembered by the defeated party for a long time.

In view of the fact that preparations by all teams are in progress prior to the upcoming World Cup tournament 2015, Indian cricketers made good use of the given opportunity in the series which winded up on a positive note, definitely, for the home squad. The host put its best foot forward perfectly under the captaincy of stand-in skipper Kohli for the reason that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given rest. The 26-year-old boy from Delhi made everyone familiar with his capabilities to lead a team, which is a mix of youngsters and some experienced players.

Here is to mention that it is under a transformation phase as destructive hitter Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and many other potential players did not succeed to deliver the desired performance as expected when given chance to play. Retirement of the ‘god of cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, the classy cricketer, left a huge gap in team India. After trying out so many equations in past 3 to 4 years, the ‘men in blue’ got the edge.

Kohli’s decision to send Ambati Rayudu at no. 3 turned absolutely right in the second ODI for the reason that the 29-year-old right-handed batsman got enormous opportunity to play as long as possible and go for biggies without being scared of losing wicket early and taking the risk to accumulate several runs in slog overs. The unbeaten innings of 121 runs of 118 balls helped India thrash Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. Thousands of cricket fans witnessed amazing knock by Rayudu at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, on Thursday, November 6. His magnificent ton made his team to inflict a 6-wicket win on the rivals.

Shikhar Dhawan also hoarded a number of runs in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd ODI. No one can forget the way Rohit Sharma marked his comeback. 264 runs by him in the previous match will be remembered by the generations to come. In the 4th ODI, he demolished Sri Lanka right from the beginning. It is not easy for any player to bat from the first over and play up till the final ball.  The joyous man on the field said, ‘I could have continued for another 50 overs’. The statement is alone adequate of tell how far he could have gone had he got some more overs to bat. Suresh Raina’s presence in the team had its significance though he wasn’t up the mark with the kind of play he usually exhibit. The ODI series surely boosted confidence of several other players like Umesh Yadav, Akshar Patel, Stuart Binny and Dhawal Kulkarni, who claimed 4 wickets in the 4th ODI.

The guest got no chance to bounce back and show the world amazing cricket for what they are famous. Despite standing on a verge where a defeat could have helped India do a whitewash, they failed to defend 286 runs in opposition to group which kept the momentum of winning throughout the competition. Finishing the tournament with a victory could be morale boosting for them especially if cricket carnival has been slated to take place early next year. The mistake of dropping Rohit Sharma at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, turned irreparable and became one of the costliest drops in ODIs. If recent performances by Indian players are to be kept in mind then they could surely retain the winners title what they attained 3 and a half years ago. A bit of practice on different kind of pitches could lend them a hand to stand out even in foreign conditions. As of now, it is their time to enjoy and learn the art to execute exactly on the field what they have planned in the dressing room.

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