ROAD TO WORLD CUP’15: SPEED BUMPS FOR INDIA
As the World Cup 2015 draws nearer, there is a sense of nostalgia in the air with people reminiscing about the sweet taste of victory that our champions had brought home along with the trophy in 2011. There is also a sense of foreboding that is enveloping the nation with India’s form looking not so good and lacking that shine of yester years. The lackluster performance that India displayed yesterday in a World Cup warm-up match at the Adelaide Oval against Australia has dropped the spirits of Indian fans significantly.
Caption- Shikhar Dhawan Source
The match revealed poor form of the bowlers as well as the fielders, with all struggling throughout the innings. It is being speculated that a drop in India’s performance owes in large part to poor shot selections, an inability of the players to deal with the mounting pressure and inconsistencies in forming and maintaining partnerships. Another pertinent cause is the fitness issue that the players have been struggling with. Already players like Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were recovering from their injuries and now fast-bowler Ishant Sharma has been pulled out from the World Cup 2015 due to his knee injury. His injury had kept him away from the field for over a month now and it was finally decided to relieve him and substitute him with Mohit Sharma.
Captain Cool MS Dhoni will play a pivotal role in WC’15Source
Indians have long since believed that our cricket team is capable of turning around the game even when things seem very bleak. Commenting on the jaded form of the Indian team and the questionable team management, former Indian cricketer Mohinder Amarnath said, “One game can turn around things. But I have my doubts. To be very honest they don’t look like a champion team. When you see a champions team, it’s like West Indies and Australia. You win some you lose some but that’s fine. But your intentions should be very positive. This team somehow looks like a jaded team. That sheen is not there, that we would want to see in the team.”
A lot of hope will rest on the shoulders of Virat KohliSource
Analyzing the team selection process, Amarnath further said, “I think that team selection is being questioned. Three spinners. All three similar, two left armers and one off spinner. A leg spinner or take two spinner and all-rounder like Yuvraj Singh. You have an option and that’s missing over here. And the form of Dhoni himself is a worry. He doesn’t look like the player he was in 2011.”
All we have now is the hope that India will deal with all the odds that are keeping us away from bringing the cup back home. It may look bleak as of now, but if the players play as a team they just might beat all the odds in our favor. With this hope, let’s welcome with loud cheers the World Cup 2015. For more updates, stay tuned to oneworldnews.in.