Five options for openers, nine for fast bowlers in Test cricket: Indian cricket’s happy problem of plenty across formats | Cricket News


2021-03-10 16:09:17

Indian cricket finds itself in an enviable position these days as far as player options are concerned. It’s no secret that the bench strength of Indian cricket looks very good. So much so that someone like T Natarajan went from net bowler to strike bowler in the limited overs series and then the Test series in Australia and did very well.
Across all three formats, selectors and the team management have a happy problem of plenty on their hands. Head coach Ravi Shastri in fact recently said in response to a question asked by TOI that India can field two separate playing XIs on the field.
With more and more youngsters taking the IPL route to prove their worth, multiple players are now knocking on the doors of the National team in all formats. The competition currently is the staunchest in T20 cricket. However, even in the longest format, young players like Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel are making a very strong case for themselves.
While some players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and a few others are always first choice picks depending on the format etc, there is a lot of competition for a spot in the Indian playing XI.
Multiple uncapped players are also knocking on the door.
TimesofIndia.com takes a look at the various contenders for a playing XI berth across all three formats here. This includes regular first choice picks and those who are also good candidates, including uncapped players.
The lists are divided into six categories – Openers, middle order (numbers 3-5), all-rounders, wicket-keepers, spinners and fast bowlers. Take a look:
INDIA’S HAPPY PROBLEM OF PLENTY IN TESTS:
This list has 5 openers, 5 middle order batsmen, 3 all-rounders, 5 wicket-keepers (2 uncapped), 5 spinners and 9 fast bowlers:

00:49India’s happy problem of plenty in Tests

India's happy problem of plenty in Tests

INDIA’S HAPPY PROBLEM OF PLENTY IN ODIS:
This list has 3 openers, 5 middle order batsmen, 3 all-rounders, 4 wicket-keepers, 4 spinners and 7 fast bowlers

00:42India’s happy problem of plenty in ODIs

India's happy problem of plenty in ODIs

INDIA’S HAPPY PROBLEM OF PLENTY IN T20IS:
This list has 3 openers, 5 middle order batsmen, 5 all-rounders, 4 wicket-keepers, 6 spinners and 13 fast bowlers

00:49India’s happy problem of plenty in T20Is

India's happy problem of plenty in T20Is



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