Probable batting line up for India in Tests and ODIs
Here's a look at the Indian batting order, considering all the permutations and combinations
Published - Aug 17, 2017 2:47 pm | Updated - Aug 17, 2017 2:47 pm
With the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are in currently, it has created a few headaches for the team management for the future regarding slotting all players once available. The bowling department of India looks sorted with rich reserves raring to go. With the grueling schedule of modern cricket, team management has to rotate their seam and spin bowling options regularly due to injuries or providing them with the required amount of rest.
When it comes to Test matches, India has entrusted the new ball with Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, whereas the spin department is handled by the spin twin of India by the names of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, who currently tops the Test charts at the number one and number two positions. Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma are waiting for their opportunity to hold the red cherry.
India relies on Jayant Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav as a backup for the highly successful spin twins for India in Test Cricket. In the limited over format, Jasprit Bumrah, who has made giant strides on the International stage, has been India’s go to the bowler at the death. Also, Yuzvendra Chahal has had the backing of his Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before we see his leg spin with the white ball.
With the bowling reserves looking promising, it is the batting which the masses has been concerned about. Let us look at the probable batting order of the Indian cricket team in the upcoming matches, provided everyone is available for selection.
Number 1. KL Rahul
This Karnataka batsman has found rich form as he compiled one-half century after the other in whites for India in last few matches. He is yet another product of constant backing from the captain and is a certainty in the playing XI during India’s next assignment in Test. He would also be eyeing his to bring his feat of eight consecutive half century which is second to none.
Number 2. Murali Vijay
Vijay is back playing competitive cricket after a long lay off due to a wrist injury. He has been one of the mainstays for Indian cricket when it comes to Test cricket. His class and temperament have never been questioned and his performance overseas has only made the Tamil Nadu batsman’s case stronger. Rahul definitely would open with Vijay in the upcoming test against Sri Lanka on Indian soil.
Stand By Opener. Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged as the man of the series in the recently concluded Test series against the Lankans. Despite his purple patch he is currently in at the moment, it would be difficult for him to be slotted in the eleven. Only if Vijay finds it difficult to find form after the long lay off, it would then be the case of Dhawan into the playing eleven stronger. Furthermore, scoring tons against inferior bowling attack and scoring tough runs against quality bowling attacks on foreign soil, is a different proposition altogether.