NEW DELHI, March 15 -- After India won one day international (ODI) series in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, talk began to swirl of Virat Kohli's team being one of the favourites for the World Cup. The 2-3 ODI series loss to Australia is evidence that such talk may be premature, and that India needs to address certain issues before the showpiece event begins in the end of May.

India has been missing the solid platform a strong opening partnership offers. Prior to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan's 193 run stand in the fourth ODI against Australia, India's opening partnership was averaging less than 40 in 2019. Dhawan especially has been poor. The middle order is brittle. The dependence on Kohli is too huge. The team selection r...