CricViz illustrates the selection uncertainty surrounding Virat Kohli’s India.
Although India have won 60% of matches under Virat Kohli’s captaincy their team has been far from stable during his tenure. Astonishingly under Kohli’s captaincy India have not named an unchanged eleven even once.
Although India have been plagued by irritating injuries to key players in this time there is an overwhelming feeling that Kohli and the Indian management are unsure of their best eleven. Since the start of 2015, on average India have made 2.25 team changes per match – the fourth most of all teams behind perennial strugglers Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Heading into the series against England India have selection decisions to make regarding:
- Opening batsmen: two of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul
- Team balance: Hardik Pandya or an extra batsman or bowler; one or two spinners
- Spin attack: R Ashwin with Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav
- Pace attack: two of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma
The only players who can be confident of starting are numbers three to six in the batting order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik and number eight Ravichandran Ashwin. Six spots remain up for grabs.