With eight victories in eight games thus far at the ICC World Cup, the Indian cricket team is simply unbeatable. After the group stage, India is sure to top the table. The tournament’s first round concludes on November 12 in Bengaluru when India plays the Netherlands. India’s World Cup rotation strategy has been excellent, keeping important players fit and ready to play.
India has readily qualified for semifinals and the next clash is on 12th November against Netherlands. There is plenty of time for the Indian squad to rest till then. At this point, not a single Indian fan wants to miss the opportunity of watching their favourite players on the crease.
India is playing the World Cup at home, the conditions can’t be more favourable. The fans might not witness the peak form of legends like Virat kohli and Rohit Sharma in the next ODI world cup which will be after 4 years. India have played 8 matches till now and the rotation strategy has given every team ample amount of time to rest. Even the key players themselves are full of energy and wouldn’t mind playing some extra knocks against Netherlands.
India is topping the points table points wise and net run rate wise. With eight wins in eight matches, India has acquired 16 points on the points table. After giving a massive defeat to South Africa by 243 runs, India has surpassed the NRR of the latter by miles, having the NRR of +2.456.
The men in blue haven’t failed to perform till now. While the key players such as skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah haven’t failed to perform in each and every match, the remaining squad have shown their meticulous form too. When the whole squad is in its peak form then resting the key players until knockout can be considered.
Being said that, India vs Netherlands is the last league stage match. Who is going to play the semi final with India will be decided till then. If Pakistan qualifies, the Ind Vs Pak clash will take place at Eden gardens, a spin friendly pitch. In that case, Ashwin can replace pacers Bumrah, Siraj or Shami to practise for the semi final clash. However, if New Zealand qualifies, the match will be played at Wankhede, a pitch that supports pace. Prasidhh Krishna can be a good replacement for the spinners.