The Indian team could not have hoped for a better start to its World Cup campaign, as Plan A worked perfectly in the first two wins over South Africa and Australia, but in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan & # 39; s injury is a huge blow champions twice.
The southpaw, whose record in ICC events is impeccable, will certainly miss the next games of India and may even be excluded from the World Cup after he has had a break on his left thumb.
Although Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri are hopeful, he would be fit in time for the final league match against Sri Lanka, but the alternative strategy of the teams would in the meantime be met by a rigorous test, starting with the spicy attack of New Zealand who is ready to ask a few intrusive questions in cloudy conditions on Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Dhawan's injury will have a spiral effect on Team India's batting order.
Although Pant & # 39; s arrival will fill the void in the team itself, how will coherence in the eleven games be restored? Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan form one of India & # 39; s most successful opening partnerships in ODI & # 39; s, with 4681 runs of 103 ODI & # 39; s, replaced only by the legendary couple Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Who will replace the left-handed in the top of the batting line-up?
As India & # 39; s more open in testing, KL Rahul seems to be the likely choice to make Rohit a partner. However, it remains to be seen whether the Rahul-Rohit dynamic would be just as deadly as the Rohit-Dhawan combo until the game actually comes out.
The transition from the middle to the opening bet for Rahul, just as he made a claim to the coveted No.4 spot in the line-up, will be difficult because he has to adjust to the new ball again. It can also affect the rhythm of Sharma because he must be used to having the left hand on the other side.
Meanwhile, another central question that haunts India like a ghost is the riddle number 4 as Rahul ends up at the top of the batting order.
Indian team management had just decided that Rahul was the first choice to go outside after Virat Kohli during the warm-up games, because the position has been troubled for quite some time.
In anticipation of the upcoming duels of India against New Zealand on Thursday and Pakistan on Sunday, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik seem the obvious choices.
Shankar has shown his courage with a knockout of 45 under pressure against the Kiwis earlier this year, as well as a 41-ball 46 against the Aussies, plus he could serve as a seam bowler to boot. But he is not a specialized batsman. Karthik, on the other hand, is seasoned veteran and his experience offers additional benefit.
However, Team India's decision to fly Rishabh Pant to England throws a dark cloud over Shankar, Karthik and Ambati Rayadu, whose international career seems as good as past.
If the team wants to go for the proven option instead, Captain Cool MS Dhoni can fill in KL Rahul's place. Not only does he qualify on all fronts, he has also returned to his usual tricky self, which predicts a good omen for the team.
He broke two half a century of the last two games and even a century in the warm-up game, almost holding up a collapsing batting line. Now that Hardik Pandya is India & # 39; s designated finisher at that time and Kedhar Jadhav offers support, Dhoni could also take care of his turns for a longer period.
When everything is said and done, India has lost its only left-handedness. This would undoubtedly have an effect on the batting order. Yet India is far from collapse. With a dazzling team that keeps up with sports, a well-considered redistribution should ensure the recovery of the short time associated with Dhawan & # 39; s injury.
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