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New Dawn After Night: A Kolkata Knight Riders Post Auction & Pre-Season Review

Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two titles in his 6 years as captain — can he do it again? (image from espncricinfo.com)

The Kolkata Knight Riders finished 2016 on a respectable note. They didn’t quite display the dominance that they displayed in either of their winning campaigns, but still exited with a very respectable 4th place, after losing the First Eliminator to the eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.

There was no nagging flaw that kept KKR the whole time — their batting was robust, with the ever-consistent Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir, and their bowling was in the able hands of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, and Shakib Al Hassan. Andre Russell was a triple threat, with power-packed performances in all three departments. They were also heavily bolstered by Yusuf Pathan’s rich vein of form, as his 361 runs at 145.56 provided some valuable middle order solidity.

The only concern KKR would have had would be the instability of their overseas player combination. While Narine, Shakib and Russell kept their places with little worry, the fourth slot kept cycling between a batsman (Chris Lynn, Colin Munro), or a bowler (Morne Morkel, John Hastings, Brad Hogg). They never quite settled on a combination, and this situation was only further complicated when Andre Russell suffered an injury the twilight stages of KKR’s campaign.

Their intent to completely refurbish their overseas stocks became pretty evident as they released 6 overseas players – a joint highest with the Rising Pune Supergiants. Especially with Andre Russell’s ban meaning that he will not be a part of this edition of the tournament, they would have keenly hoped to pick up a strong overseas contingent at this auction:

KKR Auction Results - Image property of IPLgeek.com

It is fairly evident that, as expected, KKR went big for overseas players. Apart from the players they purchased, they were also the second highest bidders for Tymal Mills, who ended up with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Yet, it would be ignorant to say that they didn’t get a decent chunk of what they needed.

Trent Boult will likely serve as the first-choice, and KKR will hope that he can provide a solid partner for Umesh Yadav, who has bowled some ripping spells for India in the test arena. This will also be Boult’s best shot at making a mark on the IPL — at SRH his opportunities were limited, and competition was always breathing down his neck. However, as mentioned, he will likely be the first-choice seamer for KKR this season, meaning that he will get more opportunities, as well as added responsibility.

Chris Woakes (who was a real bargain compared to his countryman Ben Stokes) will likely play the most important role of all for KKR: Andre Russell’s replacement. While his T20I numbers haven’t been the best, Woakes’ all-round shows have been of great value to England’s ODI squad, and he will be expected to play a similar role of frontline seamer cum low order hitter for KKR.

Chris Woakes (image from espncricinfo.com)

Chris Woakes will have the monumental task of filling Andre Russell’s shoes. (image from espncricinfo.com)

The rest of their picks serve as pretty solid backups: Rovman Powell was good for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League, and his all-round abilities will come in handy if Woakes fails to perform. Nathan Coulter-Nile offers a backup seam option for Trent Boult, as well as a few runs lower down the order. Darren Bravo’s abilities will come in handy if Chris Lynn fails to fire, and Rishi Dhawan and Ishank Jaggi provide good Indian options as well.

Now, take a look at my playing XI dynamic:

KKR Playing XI Dynamic - Image Property of IPLgeek.com.

Note: This dynamic represents possible scenarios of my own deduction, and have no direct affiliation with the actual plans of the KKR team management.

As shown, their likely combination is to rely on their fairly consistent Indian batting, while clumping their overseas stocks in their bowling. This produces a combination fairly similar to that which won them the 2014 IPL, with the two bowlers and two all-rounders. Should the need arise to solidify their batting, however, they have Brisbane Heat’s superstar Chris Lynn on the ropes, along with West Indies’ Darren Bravo.

After his Big Bash heroics, Chris Lynn probably deserves another shot for KKR. Apart from a stellar show on debut, Lynn hasn’t really been able to make himself indispensable for the Knights, and the relative stability of their top order makes breaking in a difficult task. Yet, he is their first choice overseas batsman, and if their Indian bowling contingent steps up, there’s a chance they may be willing to give him a go ahead of one of their overseas bowling all-rounders. With Umesh and Kuldeep Yadav

Apart from his brilliance with the ball, Sunil Narine has also developed a panache for scoring quick runs lower down the order. In fact, he even opened the innings with Aaron Finch for the Melbourne Renegades during his BBL stint. Apart from his responsibility as KKR’s sole overseas spinner, if he can provide some runs lower down the order, it would give the Knights a valuable extra dimension of depth to their batting lineup.

If Umesh Yadav‘s test form is anything to go by, he will have a wonderful IPL 10. Bowling beautiful lines with his natural gift of express pace and swing, he played a crucial role in inciting Australia’s collapse in their second innings of the recently concluded 4th Test. If he can form a potent pace trio with Boult and Woakes in the 2017 season, it will be a season to remember for KKR fans.

The “other Yadav” Kuldeep Yadav also had a breakthrough in the recently concluded Border-Gavasker series vs. Australia, as he scythed through a defiant Australian batting lineup to claim a four-wicket haul on debut. He was in and out of the KKR setup last year, but with the release of Brad Hogg, he will be the sole chinaman bowler in the team. He will be in hot competition with Piyush Chawla however, so he will need to put on a strong show to remain in contention throughout.

The Kolkata Knight Riders will start their IPL 10 campaign as they square off against the Gujarat Lions on April 7th.

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Between Two Cups: A 4-Year Journey

 

Yuvraj Singh was Man of the Series in the last World Cup, but 4 years have led to India not selecting him for the squad this year. Image from galleryhip.com

Yuvraj Singh was Man of the Series in the last World Cup, but 4 years have led to India not selecting him for the squad this year.
Image from galleryhip.com

In 2011, during the World Cup, I was in 7th Grade. I had very little homework, and a lot of fun. Sreesanth was still playing cricket, CSK was hardly a controversial franchise, and guys like Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Zaheer and Harbhajan were all still in the Indian side.

It’s been four years. Four long years. Four years since Dhoni thumped Nuwan Kulasekara for the six that won India their first World Cup since 1983. Now, at the dawn of the 2015 World Cup, it feels like a whole age has passed. There’s been so much change in the world that it’s almost hard to believe that the 2011 World Cup wasn’t played during World War II. I’m in 11th grade, and my workload is the cricket equivalent of facing Sunil Narine in Eden Gardens right after a rainstorm: squishy, fatiguing, and all in all agonizing. Sreesanth, along with a whole army of other players involved in spot-fixing, is now out of commision. Even Kevin Pietersen, one of England’s “immortal players” in my opinion, is no longer playing international cricket. Sachin Tendulkar retired. Phil Hughes passed away. Dhoni retired from Test cricket. And of course, this website now celebrates it’s four-year anniversary this coming Friday.

This World Cup features teams that people – if brought from 2011 on a time machine – would be very surprised at. Where’s Sehwag? When did Afghanistan get so good? Who the heck is Glenn Maxwell? It just goes to show that it’s been a dynamic four years. Teams have suckled the sweet nectar of success, and tasted the bitterness medicine of defeat. Some teams have risen resurgent from the ashes, like New Zealand; but for other teams – like India and Sri Lanka – the sun just seems to be setting a little. Regardless, we must remind ourselves that as in history, this is just but a phase in the ever-dynamic world of cricket, and everyone will experience both the roses and their thorns. This World Cup (or any World Cup for that matter) is nothing more than a test to show us who’s enjoying the high tide now, and who isn’t. Nonetheless, it will be a fun contest to watch.

 

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Kolkata Knight Riders: Season Preview

As done with the last several posts, watch my podcast for my ideas on the squad as it came fresh out of the auction:

Following their purchases in the 2014 IPL Auction, the Kolkata Knight Riders received much criticism from people for picking a squad of either out-of-form or rejected players. While that is true, one cannot forget that the players in their lineup are match-winners, and have made a great impact in the IPL. For instance, Robin Uthappa has not played an international match since 2012, but we all know what he has done on the IPL platform in the past. Vinay Kumar had what was probably the worst night of his life during the final India Australia ODI in Bangalore, where he went for 102 in 9 overs, but his death bowling for RCB is still something to remember. Piyush Chawla also came into their ranks, and while he is not the most reliable spinner in the world, he may be a wicket taking partner for Sunil Narine. Nonetheless, this IPL will need to be a wake-up call for Yusuf Pathan, who despite being brought back by KKR, received only Rs. 3.25 crores (roughly $540,000), which is a 75% paycut from his original $2.1 million in 2011. On paper, the KKR squad looks fairly strong, with other quality overseas recruits like Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, and Chris Lynn. Although the rustiness of their armor might turn on them, KKR still have the potential to pull off something spectacular.

Author’s Choice XI (Based on recent times):

Manish Pandey

Jacques Kallis

Gautam Gambhir (c)

Robin Uthappa (wk)

Shakib Al Hasan

Ryan Ten Doeschate

Yusuf Pathan

Vinay Kumar

Piyush Chawla

Sunil Narine

Umesh Yadav

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IPL – Some General Thoughts

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I hope you’re doing well. Well, the IPL has been going in full flurry, with some scintillating knocks and nervy bowling that takes teams across the line. I find that IPL really is a good platform for the youth of India to make their mark, and play under some of the greatest players ever, Indian and overseas alike. Many people have criticized the IPL saying that it ‘undermines their sides’ and stuff like that. However, saying IPL is the reason your players are suffering in international cricket is like saying that the reason for you’re son’s failure in school is the fact that you send him for tutoring. Yes, there is the injury factor, but there is so much other exposure that the players receive. Like if your players are struggling on Indian soil, who better to learn from than the Indian players themselves? Like I said before, playing IPL gives you first-hand relationship with people like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni, who know Indian tracks like the back of their hand, or people like Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, and Kumar Sangakkara who have had so much exposure to Indian tracks, and can provide you with new insights on how to put your strengths to maximum effect. Also, you get loads of cash. For example, you can get about $700,000 if you’re a good all-rounder in form, while the South African cricket team won $450,000 for being the number one test team. That’s the other bonus. Amazing isn’t it?

 

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KKR vs DD – A post-match review

Well, the IPL has started with another banger. The Kolkata Knight Riders managed to snatch a 6 – wicket win from their opponents the Delhi Daredevils. Gautam Gambhir won the toss for the Knights and chose to field first on the Eden Gardens track. The defending champs sent out a very clear message of what their intentions were this season as Brett Lee took out Unmukt Chand’s off stump in the very first ball of IPL 2013. Newly appointed skipper Mahela Jaywardene reminded KKR why he was worth the $1.4 million he was brought for, and responded by flicking the second ball for four. He then combined with David Warner in a 43-run stand which was going along comfortably at 7 an over. Then it happened. Narine. He bowled a dream delivery to have Warner caught at slip for 21, which was the turning point of the game. Mahela watched in horror as one by one, his partners fell at the other end. No one other than Warner and Mahela scored a double digit. Manpreet Juneja, Naman Ojha, Johan Botha, Andre Russell and Irfan Pathan all scored a total of 32 runs. So poor Mahela – not for the first time – had to shoulder more than he could, and eventually perished for 66 in the 19th over. After him, the hosts quickly cleaned up the tail to end DD’s innings at 128. Narine was thick among the wickets, as he snared not only Warner but Pathan, Russell, and Ashish Nehra. The T&T spinner ended with figures of 4 – 0 – 13 – 4. DD started well, with Nehra removing the dangerous Manvinder Bisla in the second over of the innings. However, Gambhir then unleashed himself on the Daredevils, and made 40+ run stands with Kallis and Manoj Tiwari before departing for 42 in the 13th over. Tiwari fell a few balls later, but Eoin Morgan and Yusuf Pathan ensured that the Knights won their first game of the season. Interestingly, this is the 4th time KKR are featuring in the opening game of an IPL, and this is the third time they have won. Sunil Narine was Man Of The Match, as he was literally playing with the batsmen, and taking wickets for fun. Well, that’s it for today. The second game, between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, will take place at the same time. Come back in a few hours for the match preview. See you then!

Mahela Jaywardene’s 66 was not enough to take the Daredevils to a win.

 

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DD vs KKR – A Preview

Well, IPL 2013 has finally arrived. Less than 3 hours away is the first match of the season. Yaaaayyyyyy!!!! Anyway, this preview is something I have been itching to write for a long time, and now here it is. So let’s look the two teams: The Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Both were relatively quiet, finishing with 3 and 2 players respectively. KKR brought in Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan McLaren, whereas DD roped Jesse Ryder, Jeevan Mendis, and Johan Botha.

Now let’s look at the teams. Delhi have had something to worry about in the form of their inexperienced middle order. Now without Ross Taylor, spots 4, 5, and 6 are quiet vulnerable, should the opposition bowling have the required quality. Also, Virender Sehwag is injured. So what I think should be done is this: plug in David Warner and Unmukt Chand to open the innings; and allow Mahela to drop to number 4. This should work, at least till Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder get back. For their bowling, Morne Morkel will not play the opening game either. Hence, there is one more overseas spot up for grabs. This will most likely go to Roelof van der Merwe, who will form a good trio with Johan Botha and Pawan Negi to slow the ball down. Also, van der Merwe has exhibited excellent quality batting at number 3, which would really be of help to the Daredevils today. The pace bowling shouldn’t be too much of a worry, considering that DD now have Ashish Nehra, who will join hands with Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan to spearhead the visitors’ attack.

DD Potential XI:

Unmukt Chand

David Warner

Roelof van der Merwe

Mahela Jaywardene (c)

Venugopal Rao 

Naman Ojha (wk) 

Irfan Pathan

Johan Botha 

Pawan Negi

Ashish Nehra

Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav

KKR are considering becoming the “second CSK” this year as they try and defend their title. To do that, they will need a balanced and backed-up side like the one the two-times champions have got. However, for this first game at least, they will miss Brendon McCullum and James Pattinson, in addition to Shakib Al Hasan, who is away playing on national duty and will not return till May. It is most likely that Manvinder Bisla will keep wickets, and open with skipper Gautam Gambhir. This means that there are still two overseas slots left. One of these should go to Sachithra Senanayake, who was brought by the Knights at a massive $625,000. Senanayake will form a good spin duo with Sunil Narine. The other will most probably be Ryan McLaren, who had moderately good outings in South Africa’s recent clashes with Pakistan and New Zealand. Jacques Kallis – despite having just recovered from injury – should stand tall at number 3, while the middle order is filled by Manoj Tiwari, Debatra Das, and Yusuf Pathan – who is in desparate need of some form .

KKR Potential XI:

Gautam Gambhir (c)

Manvinder Bisla (wk)

Jacques Kallis

Manoj Tiwari

Yusuf Pathan

Debatra Das

Ryan McLaren

Rajat Bhatia

Sachithra Senanayake

Sunil Narine

L Balaji

CLASHES TO WATCH:

Irfan Pathan vs Gautam Gambhir: Irfan has wrecked the top order of many sides in the past, and will try to do the same today. However, if Gauti latches on to him, game on.

Sunil Narine vs Mahela Jaywardene: Narine is KKR’s most succesful spinner, and Mahela is easily DD’s best player of spin. It will be crucial that Mahela take on Narine, lest let his other inexperienced batsmen suffer his wrath. Although Narine has breached Mahela’s defences before, the latter can still take on spinners very well. Let’s see what happens today.

David Warner vs L Balaji: David Warner is one of those batsmen who likes to latch onto bowlers from ball one. However, if Balaji can repeat his heroics from last year and defuse Warner early on, nothing like it.

Yusuf Pathan vs Johan Botha: Yusuf Pathan is now in a really desperate need of some form. Now with Shakib’s absence, Yusuf is the platform for KKR’s middle-order fight backs. Botha is easily DD’s best spinner at the moment, and if he comes down hard on the KKR line up, it will be Pathan’s duty to take him on.

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Injury and Idiocy – A preview of the fourth test

The fourth and final Test of the Border/Gavaskar Trophy is coming soon. However, there have been a lot of events that have taken place in the last few days that have promised to make it a lot more interesting. Firstly, Mickey Arthur’s “homework” policy rebounded on him badly as now even Mitchell Starc has flown home with a back injury, leaving Peter Siddle the only full time pacer left. Also, captain Micheal Clarke is doubtful. So Shane Watson has been recalled to play, which has really undermined the whole idea and respectability of Arthur’s move. Now if Clarke plays, Watto comes in for him and takes up the mantle; no issues. However, if Clarke does play, the headache comes in. Both Steve Smith and Phil Hughes displayed good touch in Mohali, and dropping either would be very unlucky. And speaking of unlucky, Shikhar Dhawan has been dropped from the fourth test due to an injury he procured while fielding. He made a stunning 187 in 174 to give India a great advantage. Gautam Gambhir was considered, but unfortunately has Jaundice. So Suresh Raina has been called up in his stead. The interesting thing will be to see whether Ajinkya Rahane gets a game as an opener, or if Pujara will be made to open and Raina brought into the middle order. Either way, this makes sure that Dhawan’s departure – other than taking away the bonus of a great in-form batsman – will not have a negative impact on the team. So basically saying, India are in a far better position that Australia, be it in score or selection. The visitors have but one thing to do now: wait and see if Clarke will be fit for the next test. If not, they will bring in Watto for him, and allow Maxwell in for Starc, to strengthen the bowling. If Pup is fit, then they have two options: either to allow Watson to play and risk the increased vulnerability of their bowling, or bring in Maxwell, who doesn’t do too much towards the bowling either, but provides an extra option, nonetheless. With all these headaches around the visitors, I am more than certain that India are by far the favorites to win this game. Nonetheless, good luck to both!

Clarke’s fitness results will be imperative to Australia’s selection plans.

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IND vs AUS – Post match thoughts

The first test between India vs Australia went very well for the hosts. Dhoni’s magnificant 224, and Ashwin’s 12 wickets left the Australians hapless, and took a 1-0 lead in the 4 test series. For the Ozzies, only James Pattinson, Moises Henriques, and Micheal Clarke managed to provide some resistance against the Indian fury. While this victory might seem great, we must keep in mind that this was the same way we started against England, and went on to lose the series 2-1. Now, what negative points came out in this game? Well, we have Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag’s miserable shows up front, and also we have Nathan Lyon’s dismal show with the ball. Probably because of Sehwag’s experience, Vijay will be the one to get the axe. Question is, who will replace him? I think that Shikhar Dhawan will be a good option for that. Why over Rahane? Well, Rahane’s shows against England were far below satisfactory, and also Dhawan provides another left-handed batting option. This will definitely prove useful, knowing that the Australian bowling lineup doesn’t have too much quality spin. With Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and MSD in such good touch, this is a risk worth taking. For the Lyon problem, I don’t think there’s very much the Ozzies can do about it. Lyon is one of the two full-time spinners they have now. I believe they should just shrug off the fact that he conceded 215 runs in India’s innings an just keep in mind that he took 4 wickets, in addition to bringing in Xavier Doherty in to support him. The interesting thing will be to see at who’s expense he will come in. Definitely not Moises Henriquesor Pattinson. Probably not Starc, as he’s the only left-arm seamer in the side. I believe it will be either Peter Siddle or Philip Hughes who gets the axe. Doherty will definitely be a good move, as more than three-fourths of the Indian lineup is right-handed. Another few things I missed were the performance of India’s pacers, and Harbhajan Singh. Both Ishant and Bhuvneshwar didn’t trouble much with the ball, although the latter played a crucial knock with the bat. India don’t have too many pace options, but trying Ashok Dinda ahead of Ishant might be an interesting move. Now on to Bhajji. He had very moderate success in his 100th test. He took 3 wickets in 2 innings, whereas Ashwin took 12 and Jadeja took 5. Nobody is going to try and drop Ashwin, and Jadeja’s absolute snorter to Phil Hughes in the second innings was a delivery even fast bowlers would have been proud of. Dropping Bhajji for Praghyan Ojha might be an interesting move, but consider that the Australian line up has a total of 6 left handers. Ojha might be very effective, but when David Warner is opening the innings, playing a left arm spinner is always a risk. 

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India vs Australia: Some thoughts

The India vs Australia tour is something that will really be of importance for the Indian players. After suffering a 2-1 drubbing in the hands of the Englishmen in their test series, this will be a chance to redeem some of their lost glory. However, looking at the past will have no relief for the hosts. Last time the Indians met the Ozzies they were whitewashed 5-0. Of course, this time things will be much more different. No Ricky Ponting, Mo Micheal Hussey, No Rahul Dravid, No VVS Laxman, and no Gautam Gambhir. So India will have to rely heavily on Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar to keep the wheels moving. For the Ozzies, Micheal Clarke and David Warner will be the main guys to look out for. Clarke, however, is suffering from a hamstring, and it is possible that he may not play. In that case, Australia will rely a lot on Eddie Cowan and Usman Khawaja to keep the batting steady. In the field of bowling, India might miss Ishant Sharma, who is going to Melbourne to get his ankle looked out. Australia might have a troublesome task matching up to Praghyan Ojha, but considering that they have the left-handed Warner upfront, that night not be such a threat. The Ozzies might be tempted to go with four seamers in Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus. Starc and Johnson in particular should be able to produce some good swing, which when used properly might trouble India. If Johnson can bat at number 7, then going with Nathan Lyon as a spinner should be a good option. The Indian side, on the other hand, is recruiting several youngsters. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shakhar Dhawan, and Murali Vijy are three such youngsters. If they can play the seam bowlers out well, then I think that India shouldn’t have such a big problem, as Lyon is no Greame Swann. Bhuvi has shown incredible talent, and hopefully uses this opportunity to become one of India’s full-time seamers. Dhawan has also been brilliant, and hopefully can show some shine with the bat. Also, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli will be pivotal in India’s batting.

Potential Squads:

IND: Shikhar Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha

AUS: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Usman Khawaja, Micheal Clarke (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus

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Indian Team- Dream Team

The Indian team has gone through a very rough patch. We lost the test series to England, the ODI series to Pakistan, and got two 1-1 ties in T20s. This is not one man’s fault. It is the entire team’s fault. We have failed while batting, and have not been able to hold them with our bowling (with the exception of the 3rd ODI vs Pakistan). I strongly believe we should call-up some other faces. Here’s my 20-man dream team for all formats, with which players should play which formats: (Code- T=Tests, O=ODIs, t=T20)

Shikhar Dhawan (t, O): He was IPL 2012’s 3rd highest scorer. He deserves a chance in the international side.

Ajinkya Rahane (t,O): Another young gun. He has done well for India as well as the Rajasthan Royals. He should play.

Gautam Gambhir (T,O,t): In the past few games, Gauti has struggled with his strike rate while opening  I think that he should try coming in at number three like he did in the World Cup, and let’s see what happens.

Virat Kohli (T, O, t): He has failed repeatedly at number three. His next favorite position, however, is number 4. Let’s see how he does there.

Yuvraj Singh (O, t): He is the all-rounder we need to balance our side. He is an extremely pivotal player, and his presence at number 5 will be extremely good.

MS Dhoni (c & wk) (T, O, I) : Aaahh…captain cool. His form off late has been fantastic, and I think he should lead us at least till 2014

R Ashwin (T, O, t): A very good offie. even if his shows off late haven’t been the best he is still a dangerous spinner, and should have a place in the side. He’s also reasonably good with the bat.

Praveen Kumar (T, O, t): An excellent swinger of the ball. If anyone can replicate the damage James Anderson did in the 4th test, it’d be him.

Vinay Kumar (O, t): The second – highest Indian wicket taker in IPL 2012. He deserves to at least get a shot in the T20 squad.

Amit Mishra (T, O, t): A wicket-taking spinner. He is someone we really need in the team. Also, he packs a shot with the bat.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (O, t): The third Kumar. I think his recent performances speak for themselves, and he should definitely be a regular member in our limited over sides.

Subs: Suresh Raina (O,t), Ravindra Jadeja (O,t), Irfan Pathan (O, t), RP Singh (T, O, I), Praghyan Ojha (T, O, I), Manoj Tiwari T, O, t), Virender Sehwag (T), Cheteshwar Pujara (T,O), Umesh Yadav (T,O,t).

 

 

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