The game is on for the biggest Cricketing Tournament, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be held in England and Wales from May 30, 2019, to July 14, 2019. Indian won its last world cup in 2011 in presence of legendary players like Schain Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, and Harbhajan Singh and under the captaincy of cool MS Dhoni. But this time, Indian team is packed with young players like Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant and the under the captaincy of aggressiveVirat Kohli. The question is, will it decrease India's chances of winning the world cup. No, I don’t think because in the 2015 world cup, Australia was playing with a young brigade and they have won the world cup. In 2007 T20 world cup, India was playing with a young brigade and won.
Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India is the top contender to lift the ICC World Cup this July. Current ODI ranking of India is 2, with 8508 points highest in the list. The advantages India have in this world cup are
1. Virat Kohli: - The Indian skipper and world number one batsman Virat Kohli is one of the biggest assets of the Indian team with an average of approx 60.
2. MS Dhoni: - There is nothing that he can't do. You can ask him to be an opener, a middle-order batsman or as a finisher, this man would save us all the time. He is the world best finisher, currently best wicketkeeper and the most reliable and experienced player in the team.
3. Jaspreet Bumrah: - The world number one bowler and world’s best death over bowler Jaspreet Bumrah is another feather in the Indian cap. He never minds pressure and very soon become the first bowler to be at number one in all the three formats.
4. Kuldeep Yadav: - China man of India Kuldeep Yadav is one of the world’s best spinners. He is still a mystery bowler for many batsmen. In a very young age, he took 87 wickets in just 44 ODI.
India 2-3 loss to Australia in the final ODI series before the World Cup augur poorly for India but it clarifies many things for the selectors. Another worrisome question for the Indians is that there is an entire Indian Premier League (IPL) season to be played before the World Cup matches get underway which can possibly give injuries to our players. If all IPL teams decide not to overload the 20-odd players short-listed for the World Cup, in the national interest, it might be just the edge India needs to win the World Cup a third time. But will they?