After winning against Pakistan, India to play their second match against Sri Lanka in the Group B game today. If India emerges winner, they will seal the semifinal spot before they play against South Africa. On the other hand, it is must-win game for Sri Lanka. Here is a look at the India’s strengths and weaknesses ahead of the match.
World Class Top Order Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh
The current batting order in the team is in pretty good form. In fact Virat Kohli and Yuvraj is also back in form and can hit the hard against the Sri Lanka bowlers. It was because of the strong batting line-up India was able to win the last match against Pakistan.
Plenty of Bowling Options: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav
Virat Kohli is proud of his bowlers. This time India has a deadly bowling attack too. Fast-paced bowlers Kumar and Bumrah can bowl yorkers and has the ability to pick up quick wickets.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya has already showed what he can do with both and the ball in the last match. The fact is India have never had such a confident all-rounder after Kapil Dev On the other hand, Jadeja could play a major role in today’s match.
Sound Opening Partnership
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had a successful opening partnership of 136 runs against Pakistan in the last game. – It played a huge role for India to score big runs on board. It was extraordinary from both the players and everyone had not anticipated especially on England pitches.
Skipper Virat Kohli rated India’s fielding in the last match as 6/10. The poor performance in the fielding may continue to haunt the team in today’s match as well.
Fragile Batting at Times
Inconsistency and struggling with dot balls can play a crucial role in the match against Sri Lanka. Despite strong battling line-up, India faced 61 dot balls in the last match.
The rift between Skipper Virat Kohli and Team India Head Coach Anil Kumble is refusing to die down. As per reports, around 10 players are against Anil Kumble’s extension as India coach. Many players have expressed reservations and believe Kumble is ‘too busy’ in attitude.