The onset of monsoon is upon us and so is Champion’s Trophy. India has named 15 men squad to travel to England, namely Virat Kohli (capt), R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, MSDhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, MohammedShami, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Yuvraj Singh.
Since 2015 World Cup, the team has played just 27 one day cricket matches, but the 2013 Champions look as strong as ever with Virat Kohli leading the way.
After coming from a horrendous tournament, Kohli looks set to take over Pakistan. The team is well balanced after the return of Ravichandran Ashwin, who happened to miss the IPL this season, and the persistent form of Shikhar Dhawan, one of the top 10 highest scorers in IPL.
The defending champions have their experience to brag out, needless to say out of the 15 named in this squad, 9 were a part of the winning side that won the title in 2013. Jasprit Bumrah after a fantastic IPL season is named alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and UmeshYadav.
In the list of all-rounders, India has Hardik Pandya who scored 80 off just 54 balls against Bangladesh.
The concerning factor, however, is the opening combination. Dhawan paired up with RohitSharma, the winning IPL captain or Ajinkya Rahane.
On the contrary, Yuvraj Singh is also a part of the squad who has not played in England since World T20 in 2009. Middle order will comprise of MS Dhoni and Pandya. Together with Jadhav, Pandya has strengthened India’slower middle order, offloading Dhoni’s shoulders.