ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India’s Ideal Batting Order

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Champions Trophy 2017: India will enter the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as defending champions and all eyes will be on Virat Kohli and his boys when they take the field in their opening match of the tournament against arch-rivals Pakistan on 4th June 2017.

India are one of the strongest teams in the tournament and they are one of the top pre-tournament favourites. Although, India have a very good bowling attack, they would be more reliant on their batting, as always.

India have a very good pool of young and experienced batsmen and it would be a difficult task for the selectors to pick the final squad. In this post, Shivam Behl lists India’s best batting-combination for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Openers: 

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan

These two batsmen played a crucial role in India’s victorious ICC Champions Trophy campaign in 2013. Dhawan was dropped from the squad for the England series earlier this year due to bad form but he has batted well so far in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League (IPL) and his experience would come handy in English conditions. In the absence of KL Rahul, Dhawan is the best option for India.

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has also shown glimpses of getting back to form after spending some time away from the game to recover from his injury. On his day, Rohit is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.

Reserves: Ajinkya Rahane 

Note: KL Rahul is unlikely to attain 100% fitness 

Upper middle-order 

Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni 

There is no better number 3 batsman in One Day International (ODI) cricket than Virat Kohli.

Yuvraj Singh made an unforgettable comeback to ODI cricket in the series against England earlier this year and since then he has been in good touch. In IPL 2017, Yuvraj has played a couple of good knocks and he is the right man to bat at number 4 for India.

Many believe that MS Dhoni is not as good a finisher as he used to be 12 months ago but the big man from Ranchi has a habit of proving his critics wrong, specially in big tournaments.

Reserves: Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane 

Lower middle-order 

Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja 

Kedar Jadhav has impressed one and all with his gutsy display of batting in 2017 so far. He was picked for the ODI series against England and he sealed his spot by scoring two hundreds. Now, he is preferred ahead of Suresh Raina for the number 6 spot. Jadhav is a very busy batsman at the start of his innings but he is also capable of hitting big ones during the acceleration phase.

Hardik Pandya is one of the brightest young talents in India. He is a very clean hitter of the cricket ball and can turn the match around in no time on his day.

Ravindra Jadeja was the man of the tournament in ICC Champions Trophy 2013. He is more of a bowling all-rounder but he has worked very hard on his batting in the last 12 month. In the home season 2016/17, Jadeja performed consistently with his bat and Indian cricket fans would be hoping for a similar show in the all-important ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

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