Mahendra Singh Dhoni's batting approach and position in the middle order will be the team management's primary concern when India take on an ousted-yet-dangerous West Indies in the sixth league phase encounter of the World Cup here Thursday. As the class stage hits the final lap, India will hope to guarantee a smooth entry into the semi-finals with one more triumph.
Yet, it could be actually quite difficult against a West Indies side, which may play party poopers with nothing to lose in their staying few diversions.
Indeed, West Indies' capriciousness and previous India captain's rehashed disappointment during the significant second Powerplay overs leaves captain Virat Kohli with a couple of points to contemplate.
Dhoni's agonizingly slow knock against Afghanistan yielded 28 off 52 balls and he was completely criticized. Indeed, even the typically controlled Sachin Tendulkar criticized the approach.
"There was no positive plan," the generally hesitant Tendulkar's perception on a TV channel has been right on the money.
The Indian team the board realizes that very well indeed however with four group matches left, the main alternative they have right presently is to change Dhoni's batting position, perhaps giving a couple of more conveyances to Jadhav, who can be creative in his shot determination.
Hardik Pandya is being utilized as a floater however the Afghanistan match demonstrated that in the event that he doesn't get support from the opposite end, there is a lot of weight on him to hit each conveyance for a six.
Kohli and mentor Ravi Shastri till now have not been too quick to even consider using Rishabh Pant's capability. Pant can come in just if the team the board considers the possibility of Vijay Shankar being expendable.
The West Indies is a team stacked with quick bowlers so it could be somewhat simpler for Dhoni to turn the strike as he hasn't been agreeable against the moderate bowlers. Afghanistan uncovered it completely during the last game.
There have been contentions and counter-contentions about Dhoni's batting approach in the IPL contrasted with his style when playing 50-over cricket for India.
Dhoni, during Chennai Super Kings different chases, would constantly target one of the unpracticed Indian local bowlers while playing safe cricket against the greater worldwide names.
Against a Kagiso Rabada or a Jofra Archer, he didn't go out on a limb before hitting the others in effective run-pursues. A technique should be worked around Dhoni's ranges of abilities here too to put him at a situation on which he can bat unreservedly.
With his information sources and electric glovework behind the stumps an outright need, this will require some strategic conceptualizing by the captain and the mentor.
The West Indies, then again, will hope to complete on a high in the wake of being thumped out in spite of an extraordinary begin against Pakistan. Andre Russell being discounted because of hamstring damage has been another enormous blow.
Be that as it may, the team, particularly the quick bowling the division has appeared potential including the young guard glad quick bowling pair of Sheldon Cotterell and Oshane Thomas.
With Kohli and his appointee Rohit Sharma being magnificent level bat players, it guarantees to be a mouth-watering challenge on the of the chance that they utilize the short-ball strategy.
For the 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle, a crushing match-winning innings is expected and Kohli will supplicate that it doesn't come against his team.
Jasprit Bumrah's opening spell against Gayle may establish the pace while the capable team of Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer will be posted a couple of inquiries by Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Against New Zealand, Carlos Brathwaite played astonishingly innings and took the Windies to the edge of an inexplicable triumph.
Be that as it may, Brathwaite has never been agreeable against the moderate bowlers as he adores the length conveyances on the space.
Taking all things together, it could be a harder test for India than Afghanistan yet the 'Men In Blue' remain top picks to win the challenge thinking about their ongoing form.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant.
West Indies: Jason Holder (Captain), Chris Gayle, Shai Hope(WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Ambris, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Darren Bravo, Fabian Allen.