In a few days, the all dramatic IPL comes to an end and not long after, the real action kicks off with T20 world cup in West Indies. Though we have a poor record playing there in recent times, I hope the team comes good. The selectors have done their job and picked the squad. Lets see what they went for and why!
MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharma
My Starting 11: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, , Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh
MS Dhoni (capt & wk): Though he plays some uncanny shots(:D), he is a very good batsman and the best captain in recent times. Analyzes the situation well, never loses calm and brings out the results so a very obvious pick in the side and for captaincy.
Virender Sehwag: Hes like Adam Gilchrist for DC. When he gets going, the powerplay itself can produce 80 runs. Though am not sure if his bowling can be used on Windies pitches, he is a must pick for his batting.
Gautam Gambhir: My favorite batsman,lately. Plays real intelligent shots and has the potential to bat for more than 10 overs. My 1st choice opener and a definite pick.
Yuvraj Singh: 36 runs in an over; so, hes in!
Suresh Raina: Needs to bring his CSK form to national team. Has immense potential. Can keep the run rate flying with his sixes. Decent bowler as well. Excellent fielder. In!
Rohit Sharma: Finisher! Can fire in the end overs and put a high score on board when batting first or chase a high required rate as well. Excellent fielder and he too needs to take his IPL form to national level. In!
Yousuf Pathan: Afridi of India! Deals in sixes when required and a useful middle order batsman for quick scoring.
Ravindra Jadeja: Can play a stable innings when required in the middle order. Useful in bowling too. All rounders are the need of the day and so hes in!
Harbhajan Singh: The only full time spinner I picked because Windies pitches offer a lot to pacers. He can swing the bat too! Will be a useful bowler to keep run rate in check and pick 1 or 2 wickets as well.
Zaheer Khan: First choice pacer for us and has huge responsibility to perform well as the pitches favor pacers a lot.
Ashish Nehra: Hes not a sure shot pick and finds competition from Praveen Kumar as Nehra is a lefty again like Zaheer. But he can bowl economically while Praveen may not be consistent with his economy rate.
If our batsmen click, considering we have 7 good ones, we can go on to win this one! Lets hope for the best and cheer them!
Players I would've liked to find in the squad: Pragyan Ojha, RP Singh, Murali Karthik