The countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England begins. India is 114 days away to start their campaign in the world's largest cricket tourney. Men-in-Blue will lock horns with South Africa when they clash together for the first time in the 2019 World Cup.
The Indian cricket team is performing outstandingly well outside Asia. India won the ODI series in New Zealand, but they lost the 20-20 series. Top cricketers rue missed opportunities to prove their mettle against the Black Caps and disappointed with their performance. Players who gutted to prove their calibre in the Kiwis series are going to discuss in today's article.
Shikhar Dhawan yet again failed to impress with the bat. His overall performance didn't please the eyes of the thousands of cricket freaks around the world. The left-hander scored 2 fifties in the entire series and struggled to face the Kiwis bowlers in their own backyard.
Born and brought up in the capital city of India, Shikhar Dhawan has been always a desire to crave for more runs. But this time he lost the opportunity with both the hands as he scored 252 runs in 8 matches (5 ODIs, 3 T20Is). Being out of form with the bat, the aggressive opener will find solutions in Australia's tour of India, before entering into the 50 overs World Cup.
India's main swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar isn't able to recover his poor form in the recently concluded series. The right arm bowler was smashed out of the ground with ease by the NZ batsmen. The UP-born-bowler failed to pick wickets at the regular intervals as he didn't show his class on the 22-yard strip.
He is the most dangerous swing bowler, but now he is leaking more runs and managed to pick 1 or 2 wickets in a match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a proven performer and no need to worry too much about him. The 29-year-old player is an invaluable asset to Team India in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
A lanky youngster from Rajasthan started his international arena with a mind-blowing display of swing bowling. With the new ball, Khaleel Ahmed swung the ball from both the ends and rattled the Windies' top order with his incredible performance.
In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, the left-arm quickman failed to utilise the opportunity against the Black Caps. After his low performance, most probably doors would be shutdown for this fast bowler in the 2019 World Cup.
India is all set to play 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs against Australia, which begins on February 24.