India started their world cup campaign on a positive note after they pipped a determined South Africa in their world cup opener by 6 wickets. They next pipped a much fancied and top contenders- Australia in their next clash by 36 runs to take two wins in as many matches. Their third game against New Zealand was washed off due to rain in Nottingham. In the biggest rivalry of world cricket, India faced Pakistan in their fourth fixture and they pipped the Sarfaraz Ahmed led team by a huge margin of 89 runs to take a lead of 7-0 against men in green in the world cup history.
The men in blue faced a tough task from a low lying Afghanistan in their next clash which turned out to be a low scoring thriller. India scored just 224 runs in their quota of 50 overs and Afghanistan fell just 11 runs short of the target.
In their sixth clash against an unpredictable West Indies, India’s middle order was again exposed as they finished on 468/7 at the end of 50 overs. Indian bowling line up led by Jasprit Bumrah proved too good for the Windies batsman as they were bowled out for 143 runs to hand a 125 run victory to India.
They were up against the tournament favourites England on 30th June at Birmingham and the English batsman made the most of the shorter boundaries and scored 337 runs in the quota of their 50 overs. In reply, India fell short of the target by 31 runs despite century from Rohit Sharma.
They next pipped a determined Bangladesh in their next clash by 28 runs to seal the semi-finals berth.
Dean Jones suggests the ideal playing XI for Team India
The middle order conundrum is becoming a big headache for the Indian team management. They benched Kedar Jadhav and picked Dinesh Karthik in place of him but the Tamil Nadu batsman scored just 9 runs in the game against Bangladesh. Rishabh Pant has got off to a start in the two games he played, but he failed to convert it into big scores. The form of Kuldeep Yadav is also under the scrutiny.
Meanwhile, former Australia International- Dean Jones has suggested the ideal playing 11 for India. He picked Rohit Sharma to open the innings alongside KL Rahul with Virat Kohli at number three.
Rishabh Pant takes the number four slot in his team, followed by MS Dhoni. Jones strengthened the lower middle order by picking Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja in his team. Jadeja was picked ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal in the game against Sri Lanka and considering the poor form of Kuldeep Yadav, Jadeja is expected to be the second Indian spinner in the semi finals alongside Yuzvendra Chahal.
He further picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami as the three specialist pacers in his team.