After IPL it’s The ICC Champions Trophy’s 8th edition which going to be played in England and Wales from June 1st 2017 and India will be going to the tournament as ‘Defending Champions’ as they won this tournament in 2013.
In this year’s ICC Champions Trophy India will be placed in Group B with Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa.
Here is the perfect 11 that India should go with this 11 has the ideal batting and bowling line-up.
The Perfect 11 for India Are –
- Shikhar Dhawan – Currently he is not in his best form. But we can’t forget that he was the leading scorer for India in the last Champions trophy edition. He is the experienced opener that India has right now. In 2013, Dhawan scored 363 from 5 matches with two hundreds.
- Rohit Sharma – The man whose career has been changed by opening the innings. He provides a good support to his partner Shikhar Dhawan. He was not in the squad due to injury. India can get out of the opening problem if Rohit Sharma gets in the squad.
- Virat Kohli – The world class player at no.3 for India. Skipper Kohli is key batsman in the Indian team. India needs him to fire at in that tournament. But failure in 2014 England tour mite dent his confidence a little.
- MS Dhoni – After giving up the captaincy MS Dhoni will play freely and he might be the player to watch out for. Dhoni has a decent record in England. From 21 matches he has scored 519 runs with 5 fifties to his name. He had nothing to do much in 2013 champions’ trophy because the top order had done most of the job.
- Kedar Jhadav – The Pune hero is having good time in ODI side. His knock of 120 runs from just 75 balls has increased his responsibility. He can be the perfect batsman to counter attack whenever the team is in trouble like he did it in the first ODI on his home ground against England.
Lower Middle Order – It is good that India has some quality all rounders at this position. all rounders like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya are an asset to the side.
- Hardik Pandya – This all rounder has shown that he can bat in under pressure situations. His 40 runs were valuable in the end. He also picked up 2 important wickets. The Conditions in England will suite his bowling.
- Ravichandran Ashwin – The player to watch out for. He has been criticized for not performing well in England and other countries. Ashwin is India’s main bowler so he will be watched by the selectors and the media closely.
- Ravindra Jadeja – Another hero of 2013 champions trophy. If he continues that performance then no one can stop India from lifting the trophy again.
- Bhuneshwar Kumar – Very useful contributor as a batsman in the team. He has shown this many times. Bhuneshwar has also played key roles in that 2013 win.
- Umesh Yadav – Now Umesh Yadav can be called as experienced bowler. But he should be careful; he is a good bowler if he bowls in the right areas.
- Jasprit Bumrah – He is known as depth over specialist for India. His Yorkers, slower delivers and other variations can confused the batsmen that too in last overs when the batsmen are trying to score maximum runs.
Team India’s schedule in The Champions Trophy is –
India Vs Pakistan on Sunday 4th June 2017 at Edgbaston, Time 3-00 PM IST.
India Vs Sri Lanka on 8th June 2017 at The Kennington Oval on Thursday 8th June 2017, Time 3-00 PM IST.
India Vs South Africa on 11th June 2017 at The Kennington Oval on Thursday 8th June 2017, Time 3-00 PM IST.
Before the tournament starts India will play 2 warms ups games.
India Vs New Zealand on 28th May 2017 at The Kennington Oval, Time 3-00 PM IST.
India Vs Bangladesh on 30th May 2017 at The Kennington Oval, Time 3-00 PM IST.