Arguably one of the fittest player in world cricket at the moment, heavy workload and fatigue issues are seeking the Indian skipper Virat Kohli an early retirement from one of the three formats of the game.
With the Women’s T20 World Cup around the corner, the persistent failures of the middle-order and an over-reliance on Smriti Mandhana might well cost Team India the World Cup.
With its 13th season on the cards, it’s really exciting to explore how the top quality of players stemming from BCCI protocol has made the Indian Premier League (IPL) stand above and stay bigger than counterparts like PSL, CPL & Big Bash.
With the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia around the corner, it will be exciting to see if Harmanpreet Kaur led team India will be able to break the jinx of faltering in ICC knockout games and achieve what Virat Kohli led team couldn’t.
Marnus Labuschagne’s stellar performances since the Ashes 2019, his continuous hunger for runs accompanied by a perfect technique makes Sachin Tendulkar consider him as his potential heir.
With MSD out of BCCI central contract, Rishabh Pant’s hot and cold form, KL Rahul’s purple patch and Samson in contention; there’s a potential wicket-keepers’ tug-of-war in team India at the moment.
With no viable option in top six, there’s an obvious conundrum around the 6th bowler problem that team India faces, and more so, when Virat and Rohit haven’t preferred to use themselves lately.
Unquestionably the country’s greatest captain, MS Dhoni is no longer a player for Team India, but the road doesn’t stop there for ‘Captain Cool’, if reports are to be believed, MSD as Coach can be on the cards.
KL Rahul said, “I don’t think I practiced technically, anything different. I just spoke a lot to middle order batsmen and I watched a lot of videos, spoke a lot to Virat (Kohli), watched a lot of videos of AB (de Villiers) and Steve Smith about how they build their innings or how they play in certain situations.
Under Kohli, India managed to win Test series against West Indies, South Africa, and Bangladesh in 2019 and as a result, the side moved to the top spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings.