ICC World Cup 2015: Flexible batting order is India's major strength
After brushing aside Pakistan, India will now face their toughest test in the Group stage against South Africa on Sunday.
New Delhi: After brushing aside Pakistan, India will now face their toughest test in the Group stage against South Africa on Sunday.
The Proteas have been termed as the overwhelming favorites to beat India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
However, Indian fans can take some hope for their team's clinical performance against Pakistan in their first game.
MS Dhoni and the team management should opt for a similar batting strategy against the South Africans as they did in their last match.
Indian team boasts of some of the best batsmen in the ODI game. It is one of the most flexible batting line-ups at the tournament.
Hence, the decision to swap places between Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane could suit the team as per the situation.
If the quality pace attack of South African makes early inroads into the Indian batting, Rahane should retain his place at number four to calm things down.
However, if the top three batsmen give India a flying start, then Raina should be elevated so he can play his shots like he always does.
If India are in a comfortable position leading to the final 10 overs, Dhoni must promote himself as well.
India's flexibility in the batting department could be their trump card at this year's World Cup.