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  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Team India: Picking the Best Available

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Before trying to analyze the selection of the Indian cricket team for the ensuing ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand, one thing should be stated clearly. India are a different team when they play ODIs, so any comparison with the Test team now playing in Australia would not be in order.

Having said that, the other fact – the Indian bowlers have been taken to the cleaners by the Australian batsmen in the ongoing Test series – should also not be forgotten. It is difficult to believe that the same set of bowlers will suddenly acquire potency when bowling in the ODIs on the same surfaces. We should be under no illusions. Teams and coaches all over the world would have watched the Indian bowlers these few weeks. They would have spotted how the Australians took runs against them at will. Kumar, Sharma and Shami will have a better run in matches in New Zealand, where the ball does things in the air.

Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Bhubhaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and R Ashwin have been profligate without being penetrative. All of them have conceded more than 100 runs in innings after innings. Not one of them has looked penetrative or dangerous in a session or even in a short burst. Add rookies like Stuart Binny and Aksar Patel and the picture is not very encouraging.

The batting looks formidable. Shikhar Dhawan, despite his failures in Tests, can be expected to lend weight at the top. The same goes for Rohit Sharma. We have one of the best finishers in the game in Suresh Raina. The kind of sublime form Virat Kohli is in now, he is expected to do exceedingly well in the Cup. Dhoni himself is known to finish matches with a flourish.The Indian team is sure to put large scores on the board and can be expected to chase down big totals.

With bowlers as the weak link, India should devise a plan to keep opposition scores in check. For, a very big total creates pressures of its own and even seemingly great batting combinations are known to collapse under such pressure. Hence, the plan should be to put runs on the board and choke the opponents. All in all, a good team, given the resources available. A word about Yuvraj Singh - despite his great form in domestic tournaments, I think his days are over. Although Stuart Binny is nowhere near his class, he was the best available option.