3 key player types that are missing in the current Indian ODI setup
Team India is struggling in the ODI format. Not much time is left for the management to prepare the squad. They could use the reference of the 2011 World Cup Indian Team to set a reference for building the current squad. However, a few key player aspects are missing in the current combination. In this article, we take a look at three key player types that are missing in the current Indian ODI setup.
1) Batting all-rounder like Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh added terrific balance to the Indian Team in the 2011 WC. In almost every game, he bowled 10 overs, which allowed India to play an extra batter. This helped India in games like that against Australia. Yes, Hardik Pandya fits the bill but you cannot count him as a complete batting all-rounder as he has a specific finishing role in the team. Hence, India needs to develop someone in the top and middle order to bowl a few overs.
2) Left-handed finisher like Suresh Raina in the 2011 World Cup
A finisher like Suresh Raina is one of the key player types that are missing in the current Indian ODI setup. It is combinations like these that sometimes helps teams win games consistently. Raina had a very underrated role to play in India's 2011 WC win. Apart from his batting, he also gave a few overs with the ball. However, such a player type is not available with the Indian Team right now.
3) Raw power in the lower middle-order
Hardik Pandya comes close to this but back then, India had the likes of MS Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan impact the game with their brute force. In the current setup, there are very few names who can offer such power which can change the direction of the game.