6 strategies India needs to adopt for the T20 World Cup

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The next edition of the T20 World Cup will be held from 11 March to 3 April in India. With less than one year remaining, the teams have somewhat started giving chances to players who could make it to the final squad. This event is taken very seriously as winning a T20 World Cup is now considered prestigious. Men in Blue won the first edition of the event in 2007 and made it to the finale in 2014. However, they will be looking forward to win their second trophy in this format of the game. In order to register their name on the leadership board, this subcontinent team will have to adopt certain strategies.

Promote Raina in the batting order

Suresh Raina is considered as one of the most gifted batsmen in the shorter formats of the game. The left hand batsman has scored tons of runs in the slam bang version of the game. However, the flow has come at number three position where he bats for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. Raina has won several games for his IPL franchise on account of his exploits with the bat and this should be taken into account by the Indian team. The upcoming T20 World Cup will be very crucial for this batsman and if he is promoted to number three, there are every chance of Team India lifting the trophy. He scored his only T20 international hundred at the above mentioned batting position in the World Cup in 2010. The victim was the South African team.

Reliable All-Rounder

The importance of an all-rounder is very well known in the shortest format of the game. India has failed to find a specialist allround cricketer since the ouster of Yuvraj Singh from the team. The so called Sir Ravindra Jadeja has failed miserably in the last few months and there is hardly any way he can be trusted until he performs exceptionally well in the domestic season. Stuart Binny is another player, who was thought to be tailor made for an all-round show but he too has lacked in this department. The likes of Hardik Pandya, Pawan Negi and Deepak Hooda made their performance count in the last edition of the Indian Premier League that too in front of big boys of cricket so they should be given a chance in the upcoming fixtures in order to find out their real worth before the T20 World Cup.

More Spinners in the side

We have seen in the IPL that teams like Chennai Super Kings are comfortable with the presence of more spinners in the playing XI. It’s a known fact that Suresh Raina can trouble any batsman on the slow tracks of India but the final squad should have two other tweakers, which could help the team in the end. It is better to choose two frontline spinner who can bat a bit if required. R Ashwin has shown his talent with the bat while Pawan Negi is fast rising as a cricketer who can contribute with his willow and bowling. The 20 year old Deepak Hooda is of the same mold, who has made quite a few fans with his bowling and batting.

Rahane as opener

India has opened with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the past but this shouldn’t be repeated in the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup as the Mumbai Indians captain is good in the middle order. Ajinkya Rahane has handled the Rajasthan Royals opening slot well and has been scoring runs since last few seasons. The right hand batsman can play a sheet anchor role if situation demands while he can also be devastating from the first ball of the game. Rahane has got all the strokes in his batting arsenal and we have seen him playing with full authority in the shortest format. The Indian captain and the management will have to seriously think about making this move as Rahane can be trusted for the big event.

Dhoni’s Batting Role

MS Dhoni is trying his best to be aggressive during the course of his batting and has even trained under the watchful eyes of his domestic coach. He wants to get back into his old groove as defensive batting has resulted in his downfall on a number of occasions in the past. We all know that Dhoni is unstoppable when he is on-song and there is no better time than the next edition of the T20 World Cup. It will not be a bad idea if the Indian captain decides to promote himself up the order. Mahi has showed glimpse of his best during the recent ODIs where he batted at the number four position. He will be very crucial if India wants to win their second T20 trophy.

Selection of wicket-taking fast bowlers

Indian fast bowlers are the most inconsistent ones across the globe. They can be real heroes in one game but somehow loses their bowling memory in the next match. The team has suffered a lot because of this as important matches requires top performence from the fast bowlers. The selectors will have to pick bowlers who can take wickets on the batting friendly Indian pitches. Harshal Patel, the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler was unplayable in the eighth season of the IPL. The batsmen tried their best but couldn’t hit him for runs. It won’t be wrong to pick bowlers like him for the all important tournament in 2016.

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