India’s preparation for Champions Trophy is unquestionable as the team proved their might in the warm-up matches. The captain, Virat Kohli had a gloomy IPL season and Indian batsmen could not make a good entry in top batting chart of the tournament. Another new addition is the controversy over the coach position. A possible rift between coach Anil Kumble and the players, especially the captain is being claimed the latest. The malaise came over, despite Kumble led the team through one of its strongest Test stretches of no-defeat since more than a year. India is currently the Number 1 Test team and without a strong tie between the coach and the captain, such feats could have been rather difficult.
Leaving aside the woes, India has much to back up their confidence this Champions Trophy season. India nicked the trophy last season and most players got the winning taste more than three years back in 2013. Batsmen in the team are though good forms with revivals in their performance. On the other side, the team can easily boast of a strong bowling attack. With players like Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah India has good reasons to remain confident on any pitch. Apart from fast and unorthodox bowling, Kohli also has good seam and spin options.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are on the opening stand. The next front is formed with captain Kohli and former skipper Dhoni, along with new bloomers like Hardik Pandya and other all-rounders. The batting line is bolstered to number 9 or 10 with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
India has one complexity. While, on the way to become the top team in Test format, it did little in ODI format. The team did not play much tournaments as others did. However, India won the last three series they played in the format. India’s middle order is a bit unsure. Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are expected to step up, but both are young and untested. Also, they have less experience on England pitches. In this regard, Dhawan is on spotlight with his remarkable average of 74 in the country.
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