Four months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England, Virat Kohli led Indian cricket team sent a strong warning to opposite teams that, facing the Indian team is not an easy task to perform in the 50-over global tournament.
Before the start of the series against New Zealand, critics have many words that facing the Black Caps in their own habitat will not be the same as beating Kangaroos in their own backyard. After the first 3 ODIs, the Blue Jersey team dominated the hosts in all the departments of the game and clinched the series 3-0 with 2 matches remaining. In the last 15 ODIs, India has registered a victory in 14 matches.
Team India will be the runaway favourites for the 2019 World Cup event because they are playing the aggressive brand of cricket in the white ball matches. BCCI & Team management believes India has all kinds of weapons in their team – the top 3 top-order batsmen, the right combination of the middle order, a genuine all-rounder, excellent right arm pacers and world-class spinners.
All players are performing extremely well and India has enough backup in their squad. Without any doubt, India's consistency, confidence and momentum will make it a hot favourite in the upcoming global event. With 7 matches remaining before the start of the mega event, India has to solidify their position even more strong before entering into the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Currently, Team India claimed No 2 spot in the ICC ODI team rankings. In the last 2015 World Cup, India reached semis and played very well under Ravi Shastri's direction. Team management has a couple of concerns about the No 4 spot in the batting order and Hardik Pandya's form.
Ambati Rayudu playing at No 4 spot showed some class performances as he scored 100 runs in 3 matches against New Zealand. Hardik Pandya has shown some matured performance after suspension due to negative comments on women in the talk show 'Koffee with Karan'.