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5 major areas of concern for Virat Kohli before the World Cup, and the solution to each

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12 Nov 2018, 15:53 IST

Problem #2: The all-rounder's slot

The World Cup winning team of 2011 had seven batsmen + Harbhajan Singh (who could use the long handle well), and four front-line bowlers + the services of Yuvraj, Raina / Yusuf Pathan and Sehwag with the ball. 

Thus, they had about 7 batsmen and 7 bowlers. Thus, even if a front-line bowler had a bad day, the others could compensate. It goes without saying that it is important for Kohli to find the right all-rounders for the side that will travel to England in 2019.



Hardik Pandya's contribution with the bat has been quite decent
Hardik Pandya's contribution with the bat has been quite decent

Hardik Pandya has had a decent amount of success in his career so far and is valuable to the balance of the team. But even though he is quite efficient with the bat, he still has a lot to improve with the ball.

If the management wants to have a batting all-rounder at No. 6, the Hardik can easily bat at No. 7. The people in contention for the No. 6 slot would be Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav and Krunal Pandya.

The form of Raina is under the scanner right now. Jadhav as a wicket-taking option is good, but he is yet to be tested with the bat. Thus, it would be ideal if Krunal Pandya bats at No. 6.

He is a better bowler than the rest and playing him would allow Hardik to improve his batting rather than concentrating on his bowling (as of now). Also, Krunal is a left-hander and is very tight in his line and length.


Krunal Pandya in action
Krunal Pandya in action

Krunal is a far better bowler than Hardik, and can fit in the No. 7 slot which would allow Kohli to play either Chahal or Kuldeep as the other spinner.

This way, the team can play three genuine fast bowlers and also a specialist batsman at No.6 (a good finisher, maybe Rishabh Pant).

This No. 7 slot would also be open to Ravindra Jadeja, who has not put a foot wrong since his comeback.

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