With IPL just finishing some days back, here everyone is gearing up for Champions Trophy, which will be held in England. The actual squad does differ, but not completely, going by the present form I feel this is should have been the best lineup possible.
Here's how the team might look-
With Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane having an incline patch with the bat, it is Gambhir and Dhawan who had made their company felt by their good form. They can definitely open the matches and score good runs. Rahul Tripathi could have been another nominee as per me but his knowledge rules him out from my preferred team. They are one of the most dependable openers in ODIs for Indian cricket and fits the bill perfectly.
He was placed at the fourth position in the battle for the Orange Cap in IPL, Uthappa has proved himself in the midst of the top-10 scorers of the season. He positively did have a couple of failures to start with, the Knights’ keeper has taken the rest off the list for bowlers after that.
Meanwhile, Raina’s last ODI came in October 2015 and ever since then the narrow over specialist is out of the mix from the Indian team for long. However, after scoring 395 runs from 11 games, the batsman stated his capability that he is far from being over.
The game makers for the team who are at present scalping wickets at some key moments of IPL have been the USP of these two players this period. While Pandya has been the unsung Superman in Mumbai’s winning form this season, Patel too managed to play his role to excellence for Punjab.
With 13 wickets from just 11 games, Chahal is the best expert spinner as per me in our team at the minute. The leg-spinner has had a marvelous sum of achievement in IPL which he showed in a T20I next to England earlier this year, with his outstanding 6/24 tow.