Veterans Or Raw Talent: What Team India Is Looking For

Indian Cricket

An emphatic 3-0 whitewash down under has given Team MSD something to cherish about. After facing a defeat in four ODI’s, Team India made some beneficial changes, which gave the anticipated results. I sense that the addition of new and fresh blood to the Indian team has led to a better performance in the recently concluded T20 series.

The upcoming schedule can give Team MSD a chance to find and sort out their middle order batting chaos. The likes of Hardik Pandya can be handy with bat and ball as well. In my opinion, Team India needs a combination of “BRAINY DHONI” and Aggressive Kohli.


Men In Blue relied on a very basic team management strategy as Australia is always considered to be a tough country to play in. The bouncy and fast pitches down under are considered to be a cup of tea for only the veterans.

What is forgotten is that we need some raw talent to be exposed to these difficult conditions and nourish their skills; it can be lethal for the opponents to appreciate. The team management and the coach should pick up a side which is a good blend of experience and raw talent.

With four new players, three making a comeback and losing a series, sticking with the old composition can always be a strong point of negativity building up in a team. The confidence of the budding new talent sitting in the dressing room and waiting for a chance to play gets hammered. Relying on veterans is not wrong but, they should be delivering for a team’s cause.

Making useful changes when the middle order batting is giving you nightmares is perfectly fine and understandable.  The likes of Pandya and Rishi Dhawan have proved their metal in the IPL and stand for their berth in the playing XI.


Applying these changes gave India a positive start in the T20 series and as a result, India jumped to No. 1 spot from eight in the International rankings, in the span of just five days. Men In Blue also became the first team to whitewash Australia in a T20 bilateral series. This form should be kept intact and the team should not slip from here. The schedule of Team MSD gives us an idea of how much cricket is coming up in the next 2 months, including the World T20.

All eyes are set on MIB as the stage is set and India is being considered as one of the favourites for the World Cup.

Vishesh Sharma

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