Though New Zealand might have claimed the T20I series versus India by 2-1, in a nail biting decider at Hamilton, renowned cricket analyst – Boria Majumdar gave his say and opinionated on how Indian fans need not be too disappointed with their side’s loss as Team India have had a memorable three months, in an exclusive Q & A session with Sports Flashes.
Q) What have you taken from team India’s performances in the last 3 months?
Boria Majumdar - “It was a spirited India, because if you look at their performances in the last 3 months then they must be proud of themselves. They’ve toured Australia, New Zealand, and have won practically every possible series. They nearly chased 213 with 4 runs to go, things could have gone anywhere had that wide been given. Challenging New Zealand in New Zealand without Virat and Bumrah just goes to show how fantastic they’ve been and have earned tremendous amount of respect against Australia and New Zealand.”
Q) What would be your probable 15 man squad as India heads to the ICC Cricket World Cup of 2019?
Boria Majumdar - “I think Khaleel has done enough to get in the World Cup side, and I think Vijay Shankar has done enough by almost being a certainty in the World event. There will be a very close call between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, one will have to carefully look at the upcoming Australia series, and the IPL in order to make that call. If you ask my fifteen them I’ll be having Rohit, Shikhar, Virat, Ambati Raydu, Kedar Jhadav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya/ Vijay Shankar, the four fast bowlers comprising of Bhuvi, Bumrah, Shami and Khalil along with the two spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, it’ll be a tossup between Karthik and Pant, while KL Rahul will be an outside dark hous. That’s how the World Cup essence of team India is likely to be presented.”
Q) How have the Indian players impressed you in the series versus New Zealand, and why did the bowlers prove to be expensive in the T20Is?
Boria Majumdar - “The performance has been formidable. Vijay Shankar impressed with the bat, Hardik Pandya made a good comeback, Krunal Pandya making a real strong case in white ball cricket, Rishabh Pant’s cameos were of added help at the number 4-5 position, while Dhoni played his part in the ODIs. So all said and done, you can say that Bhuvi went for runs, Khaleel went for runs, but that was tend to happen in the smaller grounds, in New Zealand, while considering the Kiwi batsmen have played super smash T20, and any bowler could go for runs on 50-60 meter boundaries,
Let’s not forget Khalil and Kuldeep didn’t play in tandem, as Kuldeep was brought in, in only the final T20I, and that was a part of the strategy by not exposing Kuldeep. Overall, as an Indian fan one has to be pleased with how things are working out at the moment, because this team is gradually really turning out to be the favorites heading into the World Cup.”
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