The ICC Cricket World Cup is just around the corner and all the players are itching to play. The tournament will feature teams from various Test-playing nations and instead of India, all the players have to choose their first-choice franchise in which they will represent their country in the tournament. The top players usually have a lot of options to pick from but what about their teammates?
How many would be willing to also head out of their home country to play for another? The answer is not many because most cricketers are loyal to their own countries only but then there are some who aren’t that fortunate. In this case, we will focus on two prominent cases.
New Zealand fast bowler Neil Broom and West Indian spinner Roston Chase. Broom is currently plying his trade with Auckland in New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition and has played for the country in 11 Tests till now. He has played just five ODIs for New Zealand as well.
Having said that, he was part of an experimental side for a tour of Ireland earlier this year where he got one opportunity to show what he had. Broom did not impress enough with bat or ball and hence wasn’t given any more chances after that. But if it happens again at least he won’t have to leave his home country again in search of opportunities. Chase is also another case where an overseas call-up could prove beneficial for him as well as his
Why Broom Should Be Called Up
Broom is one of the better fast bowlers in New Zealand’s domestic league and has been successful with the bat as well when he has an opportunity to open the innings. Seeing the New Zealand team is yet to play a full-strength Indian side in a bilateral series where conditions are similar to those in the world cup,
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Broom is a likely candidate to get a call-up. He could also get a chance to play for New Zealand in the World Cup. He is just 29 years old and can still deliver in international cricket. There is no doubt that he is talented and with some proper exposure he might prove to be a decent bowler for New Zealand in the longer term.
Why Chase Should Be Called Up
Chase is yet another case where an overseas call-up could prove beneficial for him. He is a quality spinner who has recently been playing for the West Indies in the Caribbean Premier League. But now he has axe from the next two matches for disciplinary reasons and even if he doesn’t get a chance to show what he has to the selectors, he will have the benefit of a strong IPL performance when he returns.
He could also be a part of the West Indies squad in the World Cup. Also, He is just 25 years old and has a lot to offer at the international level. He might not have been able to show his worth in the Caribbean Premier League due to the presence of several big-name spinners in the same squad but with a chance to play for the West Indies in the World Cup, he can prove his mettle.
India’s Spinners Need To Consider
Rahane and Bumrah are the two men who have chosse for the World Cup squad for India but apart from them, India has too many spinners in the squad. The selectors have included Rishabh Pant in the squad but he hasn’t performed too well in recent times and had a torrid time in the DPL. Kuldeep is there but has pick in the ODI squad for the series against England.
India will want Kuldeep to play in the World Cup but the selectors can pick the spinner for the ODIs against England and then pick him again for the World Cup. It is better to pick a spinner who is available for a longer period so that he can also prove himself in the longer format. India has too many spinners in the squad and it will be better if they pick 1-2 spinners for the longer period and have the rest of the squad groomed for the conditions in the World Cup.
India Fast Bowlers Need To Consider
If one were to analyze the best bowling performances during the World Cup, one would come across the names of Roston Chase, Imran Tahir, and Shardul Thakur. These bowlers play in the Indian Premier League and were pick up by the Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Daredevils respectively. The result is that they are now a part of the Indian squad for the World Cup.
India’s fast bowling department is in a state of flux right now as there are several debutants getting an opportunity and it would be best if India pick 1-2 fast bowlers for the World Cup and have the rest of the squad groomed for the conditions. With Bumrah, Rahane, Chase, Tahir, and Pandya in the squad, India doesn’t really need any fast bowling injuries. While it might be difficult to pick a bowler from the IPL, the other options are to pick a player from the state teams or the A units.
New Zealand and West Indian pacer Neil Broom and Indian spinner Roston Chase should get a chance to prove themselves in the longer format to gain experience and help their side in the World Cup. If one were to analyze the best performances during the World Cup, one would come across the names of Roston Chase, Imran Tahir, and Shardul Thakur. These bowlers play in the Indian Premier League and were pick up by the Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Daredevils respectively.
They could pick for the World Cup and be available for the longer period of the tournament. The Indian fast bowling department is in a state of flux right now as there are several debutants getting an opportunity and it would be best if India pick 1-2 fast bowlers for the World Cup and have the rest of the squad groomed for the conditions.