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The Tests are over, and in the many ways the horror of another away defeat, even though the magnitude was not so glaring for India. But, the fact that a few players who featured in the Tests, and failed, and are also part of the tri-series will worry Team India. Although the format has changed, it will be significant for these men to deliver for this is their last chance to get back in form prior to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. We list out a few names who need to deliver.
Above photo: Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan: Of all the players, Shikhar Dhawan will be the one under most pressure. After the horror series in England, he has struggled in the Australia Tests as well. If you look at his ODI performance away from home, he had only one score of note in England, where he was again getting out after getting starts. Thus, all his recent successes can be put down to performances back in India against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Shikhar Dhawan has a point to prove before the World Cup that he can deliver under challenging conditions.
Above photo: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma: It was another case of lost opportunity for Rohit Sharma in Tests. And, although that does not endanger his position in ODIs, it is paramount that he gets back among the runs with the World Cup in view. Remember, India do not have a back up opener, with Murali Vijay excluded so Rohit Sharma cannot afford to fail. He has succeeded previously in the country, but this time the pressure will undoubtedly be greater.
Above photo: Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina: It was only recently that Suresh Raina resurrected his one-day career with some fantastic performances in England and at home. As such, Suresh Raina should have headed into the tri-series high on confidence. But, that might not be the case since he featured in the Sydney Test, and got a pair on comeback. The opposition will be aware that he is under pressure, and will try to pin him down. This is where Suresh Raina’s resolve will be tested. If he doesn’t get among the runs in Australia, India would be unsure of their batting strength going into the World Cup.
Above photo: Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav: Many Indian bowlers found the going tough in the Test matches, and were tanked all over the park. However, while Varun Aaron has been dropped from the World Cup side, Umesh Yadav has been chosen. He was easily taken to the cleaners in the Tests, so it will be crucial to observe how he fares in the tri-series. Umesh Yadav cannot afford to concede so many runs as he did in the Tests. He clearly will have to display much better control, and must claim wickets as well.