Before the first ODI against the West Indies, Indian captain Virat Kohli said his team has come to discover its combination for the World Cup, which starts in May 2019. India has 18 ODI between now and the World Cup and this time will be used to perfect what Kohli called an "orderly" batting order. The return of Ambati Rayudu to the ODI team is at the center of this certainty after more than a year of deliberation for No. 4 with Kohli declaring almost categorically that the Hyderabad hitter had it.
"The only position we were trying to" Discover for a long time was number 4, "said Kohli." We tried a lot of players that, unfortunately, could not be capitalized or consolidated the way we wanted. We were looking at Rayudu for England, but they had to follow some guidelines because he could not do it. "
The guidelines that Kohli referred to those related to physical fitness After a dazzling IPL season in which Rayudu did 602 runs at 43 with an average of nearly 150 on the return to the tournament that won the Chennai Super Kings title, was online to return to international cricket after two years, but was unable to attend India's limited tour by England after failing the yo-yo test, a mandatory requirement for the Indian selection process.
That meant that the prolonged mix of Indian batsmen at No. 4 continued, with KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik having the opportunity to present their cases once again in an 18-month search that involved Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Manish Pandey.
In the Asian Cup However, Rayudu stormed the 11th to take over Kohli's position and managed two fifty.
"He came to the Asian Cup and the team felt he was designed to play the role of middle-order hitter," Kohli said. "So the batting is more or less balanced now and these 18 games would be to get the perfect combination we want to have in the World Cup, all the games together, except injuries or problems, we want a combination to play until the end. 19659002] "Apart from the bowlers who rest here or there in the one-day cricket, we only changed slot # 4 because we wanted someone to cement it. We believe that Rayudu is the right person to capitalize because he has experience and has won many games for his state and in IPL cricket. "He already has a great one-day record for India, so I think the batting order is orderly as far as we're concerned."
Rayudu, of course, batted mostly in third place in the Asian Cup, where he has most of his races – 687 at 68.70 – for India, apart from a game in which he opened the innings. In the quadrangular series before the Asian Cup, Rayudu hit the No. 4 for India A, and the next Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the Asian Cup, he reached number 5 in the two games he played for Hyderabad. His adaptability was also shown during his successful season with CSK and this experience of jumping up and down in order seems to have been a key factor in Rayudu's favor, particularly in a batting lineup that often has to follow a formidable performance between the first three.
"Given enough time for the game between now and the World Cup, I think that particular space will be sorted in. If you watch our performances for a day, there is not much to think about apart from that slot. bowling are bowling, batters are hitting well, the lower order does not have much batting because Shikhar [Dhawan] Rohit [Sharma] and I have done a lot of racing, having those experienced players in the middle order will definitely help us and we we will feel like a batting unit. "
With this apparently fortified plan, Kohli also ruled out experimentation in terms of pushing hitters who normally play below No. 4 in that slot, except for specific match situations.
"If the starters hit until the 30th, you send someone who can do a better job than me;" There is no rocket science, "he said." In the T20 cricket you do that all the time. Invariably you would want a consistent batting lineup. But if there is a situation, if there are 40 over and you are only down two, someone who can take advantage of the next 4-5 better overs will intervene. As a team, we understand that and the batting order is always ready. The boys under the No. 4 are always flexible. It's always about what the team wants, and being flexible is important. "