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India Tour of England: Rahul Dravid set to get full-strength squad for T20s, FOCUS on 5 areas as Team India prepare for T20 World Cup: Check OUT

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India Tour of England: ENG vs IND Live – India Head coach Rahul Dravid is all set to get a full-strength squad for the team’s upcoming three-match T20 series against England. This series is crucial on many fronts. A) India will face one of the strongest contenders for the T20 World Cup England. B) With senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah back, Dravid can fully focus on building the team around these players. With T20 World Cup set to be played in November, here are 5 areas team India needs to focus on. Follow India Tour of England Live Updates with InsideSport.IN.

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India Tour of England: Rahul Dravid set to get full-strength squad for T20s, FOCUS on 5 areas as Team India prepare for T20 World Cup: Check OUT

India Tour of England: What are the five areas team India needs to focus on in order to prepare for T20 World Cup? – The obvious areas of focus will be middle-order, death bowling, opening role, finisher, and wrist spinners. India missed quite a few of the specialists in their respective roles. Against England, they will look to focus on these issues.

T20 World Cup: Focus on the middle-order as Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson look to seal the deal

  • The major area focus for team India will be the middle-order. In the ongoing series against South Africa Shreyas Iyer, and Rishabh Pant have struggled to get going
  • Iyer has scored 94 runs in four games at a crucial number three role. He has not posted a single fifty-plus score
  • On the other hand, Pant has looked out of sorts as he just scored 57 runs at a dismal average of 14.25
  • With Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson expected to be among the mix, Dravid will focus on this area and try to find his batters for the pivotal role

India Tour of England: Rahul Dravid set to get full-strength squad for T20s, FOCUS on 5 areas as Team India prepare for T20 World Cup: Check OUT

 Focus on death bowling options

  • With Japsrit Bumrah expected to be back with England T20s, Dravid will look at other options available
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar has almost sealed as Bumrah’s opening partner as he has picked up 6 wickets at an economy rate of under 7
  • Harshal Patel has also pressed his case strong in the death bowling department. He has picked 7 wickets and has looked deceptive with his variations
  • Meanwhile, Dravid has options like Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, and T Natarajan
  • Barring Avesh Khan the rest of not played T20Is this year

Focus on the opening role, who will open with Rohit Sharma?

  • Ishan Kishan is having a breakthrough T20 series against South Africa as he has scored 191 runs in 4 games.
  • His opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad has struggled for runs as he scored only 86 runs
  • With KL Rahul also among the mix in the opening role, Dravid will look to finalize the batting partner for Rohit

Focus on wrist-spinners as Chahal solidifies his case

  • Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal leads the list with a strong performance against South Africa.
  • He has taken 6 wickets and has overshadowed Axar Patel, who has taken just 3 wickets
  • Kuldeep Yadav got injured and was ruled out of the SA series. Ravi Bishnoi has not been tried yet against South Africa.
  • Apart from these wrist-spinners, India have all-rounders like Deepak Hooda, and Krunal Pandya in the role as well.

India Tour of England: Rahul Dravid set to get full-strength squad for T20s, FOCUS on 5 areas as Team India prepare for T20 World Cup: Check OUT

Focus on the finisher role Karthik presses his case stronger

  • Karthik has carried his IPL form into the SA T20 series. The finisher has scored 92 at an impressive strike rate of 156
  • On the other Hardik Pandya has scored 117 runs at an average of 58.50. Besides these two players, Rishabh Pant is also one of the side’s finishers
  • Pant has batted at the number 4 role but with few star players set to return in the batting lineup, the southpaw might get slotted at number five or six
  • Pant though needs to fire as he scored only 57 runs in four games against SA

India Tour of England: Rahul Dravid set to get full-strength squad for T20s, FOCUS on 5 areas as Team India prepare for T20 World Cup: Check OUT

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