India at World Cup 2019: India’s Best spin combination at the World Cup

India at World Cup 2019 – With the Indian side set to begin their preparations for the world cup with the identity of their 15-member squad known for some time now, it’s all about getting the playing XI right from now. As the country looks to put its most exquisite foot forward and show why they’re considered as the most likely side to walk away with the ravishing trophy under their arms, the main objective now is to put to bed a few issues.

India at World Cup 2019

India have at their hands the issue of getting the spinning department spot on. On English pitches, the slower bowlers will offer a huge question mark to the overseas batsmen with their predicament to the turning stuff well-articulated. It’s a department India needs to get right before the side head off to the country.

India at World Cup 2019

For quite some time now, the Indian team management has reserved their faith in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, two bowlers who’ve functioned well in unison. Their abilities to pick up wickets on a rapidly consistent basis came to the front in India’s visit to New Zealand where the two enjoyed themselves in the ODI and T20 series.

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However, the India-Australia series saw Chahal’s form take an extremely fast and quick turn for the worse. In the one match he played against Australia, he was torn apart for 80 runs, something that he’s continued in the IPL as well.

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The problem with Chahal has always been that while he has the ability to entice batsmen with the immense flight he likes to give on the ball, his inconsistency is a massive cause for concern. He bowls far too many wides, sends the ball down at the shorter length, allowing batsmen to take a real liking to his brand of spin and rip into him. Without a fellow spinner operating economically at the other end, restricting runs for Chahal is an aberration, something he’s never been able to solve.

India at World Cup 2019

For Kuldeep, while the stay in the national side was a time to relish, the IPL was one he’ll not like to remember. Enduring a bad time in the league, Kuldeep went wicketless in 6 of the 9 matches he played in. The other 3 saw him pick up just 4 wickets at an economy of 8.66.

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While Kuldeep cut a dismal and sordid figure in the league, poor management from his franchisee was a major reason for his waning bowling. There was no faith accorded in him and he was too easily deemed useless when things started going against him. He has shown that he’s someone who needs to be backed and guided regularly, one Dhoni and Kohli provide to him when he plays for India.

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His 10 wickets in 5 ODIs at home against Australia was a performance that saw India register wins in the first two matches and he’ll without a doubt make it to India’s playing XI. The ever-important question though is who to pair him up with and we’ve decided to go with the off-spinning option in Ravindra Jadeja.

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India at World Cup 2019

With many calling for his selection in India’s 15-member squad, Jadeja was given a place and rightfully so. Over the past 6 months, he’s shown massive improvement in his bowling, working on it to no longer remain someone who just relies on speed to get wickets. While the skidding ball has been fruitful in crafting dismissals as it smashes into the batsmen off the pitch, Jadeja now shows an awareness to the game.

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He is not afraid to slow the ball up and has been getting the ball to turn nicely as well, shaping across the batsmen to leave them quizzical on how to negotiate the trajectory. What makes Jadeja’s inclusion ever so necessary is the form he showed when India went to England in the test series. Those were pitches on where he troubled batsmen up to no end, leaving them jittery as they faced him. It was a performance he carried forward in Australia as well and his awareness of overseas pitches sees him pip Chahal.

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He’s a safe bet for 10 overs and more importantly brings to the side an extremely important filler in the lower middle-order. With India’s middle-order by far shaky at best, Jadeja provides the much-required stability down the order. He can hang around with the bowlers, adding to the total a vital 20 runs each time around. Not to leave behind his fielding abilities and Jadeja and Kuldeep will be our spin partnership for the world cup.

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