Virat Kohli might have been given the test captaincy of India, but, the BCCI has kept him under consideration for his on and off field behaviour and any act of arrogance in future might cost him big.
According to the reports, the way the Delhi player abused a media person during the World Cup, it did not go well with some of the board officials and if India had any other solid option for Dhoni’s replacement in test matches, Virat might have been denied the captaincy.
But, the fact is that Virat is the only option at present.
He and Ajinkya Rahane are the only two players whose places in the test team are certain.
As far as Rahane is concerned, he does not have any experience of captaincy at all. He has not captained at any level and he is not a natural leader either.
Virat, on the other hand, has got that leadership quality. His enthusiasm on the field is fantastic and he can encourage anyone.
That’s why, he has always been seen as future captain, but, very often, he tends to cross the fine line between aggression and arrogance.
Virat led India in two test matches in the Border-Gavaskar series recently and he was alright with his field placements and bowling changes.
The Indian team is lacking depth in batting at the moment. The tail is just too easy to be wiped out for the opposition bowlers.
Nobody there in the lower order seems to be good enough to make an impact.
In Australia, it’s very important that your tail contributes a little bit because batting against the new ball can be quite tough at times and you are bound to lose some early wickets.
In that scenario, the onus falls on your middle order players and the tail-enders as well to some extent.
The Indian team management is not going to risk the injury of the vital players of the side ahead of the World Cup.
Those who are not fully fit would be kept out of the tri-series games in order to make sure that their bodies are in right shape come the World Cup.
India’s main concern at this point in time is the spinning all rounder Ravindra Jadeja who is nursing a shoulder problem.
The selectors were pretty keen to pick him in the squad and that was fair enough given the way Jadeja had played for India over the last few seasons.
The 26-year old was named the best bowler of the Champions Trophy 2013 which India had won.
The left handed batsman of the Pakistan Cricket team, Fawad Alam, has surprisingly not made it to the ODI squad for the One Day International matches against New Zealand.
Fawad averages over 75 this year for the Green shirts. He has played many crucial innings including the hundred in the final of the Asia Cup. Yes, in the games against Australia recently, Fawad had struggled against seam bowling, but, it’s not him alone, the whole Pakistani side had a hard time.
Yet it’s Fawad who has been made the scapegoat. According to the journalists and also some of the Ex-Pakistani cricketers, the batting all rounder has been a bit hard done by. He should have been persisted with for at least one more series.
The selectors might have thought that with Younis Khan and Misbah already there, Pakistan doesn’t need any more inning builders.
But, Fawad is not merely an inning builder. He is a bit of an improviser as well and if the need arises, he gets the ball over the ropes too. He has an unorthodox technique and he tends to hit the ball in strange areas which is hard to cover for the opposition captain. So, he is an ideal sort of player for limited-over cricket.
But, with World Cup approaching fast, the Pakistan bosses perhaps want to give more importance to experience. Younis has been picked on the basis of his test form and he would bat at 3 probably. He must make sure that he doesn’t get too slow batting at that position, something that he has often done in the past.
In the semi final of the World Cup 2011, Younis’ slow batting was one of the main reasons why Pakistan had lost to the arch rivals India.