It seems as if the preparations of Team India for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2015 are not up to the mark. If one of their opener is going through a rough patch, then the other one is nursing an injury.
The Indian team management has decided not to risk injured opener Rohit Sharma for India's do-or-die cricket tri-series game against England on January 30 and also for the finals in case India happen to win their last round robin encounter in the tournament.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan's place in Team India's playing XI is looking in jeopardy as his poor run with the bat continued in the 5th ODI of the tri-series against Australia, which was later washed-out due to rain on Monday.
Rain played spoilsport as the tri-series cricket match between India and Australia was abandoned with the two teams sharing the points, which left the visiting side in with a chance to make it to the final.
Describing India's defence of the World Cup title as shaky, former Australia captain Ian Chappell has advised them to keep star batsman Virat Kohli at number three to negate any opposition plans to bounce them out with short-pitched deliveries on lively pitches here.
It was meant to be a dress rehearsal for the ODI World Cup next month but the Indian cricket team has been left grappling with selection issues in the ongoing tri-series against Australia and England, failing to find the combination that would be good enough for the marquee event.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan's poor form with the bat continued as the southpaw once again failed to make his presence felt in the 3rd ODI of the triangular series between India and England on Tuesday.
Ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015, most of the countries who are considered as the major contenders to win the marquee event are gearing up for the much-awaited event by playing One Day tournaments in different parts of the world.
The mainstay of Indian batting line-up - Virat Kohli - sacrificed his one-down position for Ajinkya Rahane during India's opening match of the triangular series against home team Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, as the former played at number four.
Having been on the receiving end of Australian opener David Warner`s fiery temper, England batsman Joe Root sees logic in Kiwi great Martin Crowe`s call for a soccer-like card system to curb player misbehaviour.
Prolific batsman Virat Kohli is the best-placed Indian at the second spot in the latest ICC ODI ranking list, which also has out-of-form opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the top 10.
The wait is over. Ending all speculation, Indian selectors have announced their 15-man World Cup squad. While it has all the expected names, selectors left the cricket fraternity gobsmacked by excluding Robin Uthappa from the much-awaited list.
India's 15-man squad for ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 has been announced. BCCI opted to select injured Ravindra Jadeja alongside Axar Patel and Stuart Binny and ignored the likes of Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh and Murali Vijay.
India decided to drop three big players from their line-up for the fourth Test match against Australia in Sydney which started from Tuesday. In this modern day game where the focus has changed into performance based outlook, failures turn out to be costly.
Newly appointed Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to make a clear statement that he is the big boy in town by axing opener Shikhar Dhawan, who reportedly stood up to him in a heated exchange in Brisbane.
After Virat Kohli, Ajikya Rahane and Murali Vijay managed to enhance their reputation as Test batsmen in the on-going four-match series against Australia, then a couple of other top-order batsmen need to the same at Syndey as the last chance beckons.
New Indian captain Virat Kohli should channelise his aggressive attitude in the right direction, according to Team Director Ravi Shastri, who said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "selfless act" of retiring from Test cricket format at the right time should also be given its due respect.