Kris Srikanth led team has finally selected the 15 member squad who will be playing the 2011 world cup to be played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Below is the squad:
Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin
After looking at this squad and their performances in the last one or two years, this seems to be one of the best teams that would be representing India and also this would be our best chance ever to win the cup. Looking at Australia’s form and Hussey being doubtful for the world cup, its just England and South Africa who are tough contenders for India. But we also have the home advantage over England and South Africa.
Even though we are in a tougher group with both England and SA being in our group, we have to hope that all the players perform well.
If we talk about the team then who else can we start with other than Sachin. Even though he have played just 4 one day internationals in last 14 months and there is just one mammoth innings to talk about, I do not have any doubts on him or his capabilities with respect to World cup performances. I am sure he would be giving his best as this is his 6th and final chance to be in the winning squad of world cup.
Coming to the top 4 batsmen, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli and Raina have performed well in the recent years and I am sure they are in great form. Even though they are not performing well in the ongoing series with SA, they will definitely have the home ground and crowd advantage. If these 4 batsmen can deliver their goods as expected then I am pretty sure that World Cup will be won by India.
Dhoni has always looked fit, confident and cool. That made selectors think that there is no necessary for a reserve keeper. He is a good middle order batsmen and sure is one of the best captains in the cricketing world in recent years. He has always inspired the team and the team under him has pulled off some improbable wins all around the world. We cannot depend on Yousuf Pathan, but when he plays he is very explosive.
India’s bowling has been the weak link in the team. There was one surprising selection (Piyush Chawla), other than that the rest of the bowlers were the same as expected. Sreesanth who has performed well in the ongoing series and seems to be in form would definitely be missed in the 15 but he would be waiting for his chance to play in case of any injury. Munaf has shown that he is back in the form with his recent performance. Ashish Nehra who has been unpredictable with his form is also in the squad. I am hoping that he bowls to his strength. Harbhajan will be key in the home ground where pitches favor spinners. Praveen Kumar has been performing well in the limited overs matches and hope he will continue his form. Ashwin has always captivated his chances and proved his mettle. He should be in the playing 11.
Finally I would like to say that this is the best ever chance that we have and we won’t get a better chance for a long time now to win the world cup.