SWOT analysis of the Indian squad for the Nidahas Trophy
- A number of fringe players will be looking at the series as an opportunity to leave a mark on the selectors.
Top Order Batting:
The main strength of the Indian squad is the top order batting. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are at present the most consistent and dependable pair in the world as far as limited overs cricket. They have opened the batting for India in limited overs cricket for almost 5 years now and they are known to get India off to flying starts in the power play.
With Virat Kohli being rested for the series, Suresh Raina will be looking to make the number 3 position in the batting order his own. Raina made a comeback to the Indian T20 squad in the series against South Africa and made 89 runs in the 3 match series, picked up a wicket and was named as Man of the match in the Cape Town. Raina is a valuable asset for team India in the T20 format and will look to cement his place in the limited-overs setup by scoring runs in the Nidahas trophy. A good showing in the series would also help Suresh Raina make a case for the much-debated number 4 slot in the ODI team.
Manish Pandey averaged 121 in the recently concluded T20 series against South Africa and will be the number 4 batsman for India in the Nidahas trophy. Pandey proved his worth in the T20 format by playing the role of the aggressor against South Africa and will look to continue his fine touch with the bat.
Though Kuldeep Yadav is not a part of the Indian squad, the likes of Chahal and Axar Patel can be a formidable force in T20 cricket. Chahal, in the T 20 format has not been afraid to flight the ball which allows him to pick up wickets at regular intervals. Axar can bowl the nagging line which can keep the runs down and also frustrate the batsmen which in turn leads to a wicket.
The Indian team is sorted as far as spin is concerned for the Nidahas trophy with the young Washington Sundar being the third spinner in the squad.