Ravi Bopara was selected for First match in World Cup 2015

Ravi Bopara might have to see the first game in the World Cup against Australia from the sidelines. He is all set to be dropped because of his shaky form with the bat.

All through the tri series, Bopara struggled to buy runs for himself and he was not used much as a bowler either by the captain Eoin Morgan.

England has been playing with 5 bowlers on the Australia tour with Moeen Ali almost being the specialist off spinner for them now.

Bopara has been in mainly as a batsman and his numbers with the bat don’t warrant him a place in the playing XI.

Gary Ballance, on the other hand, got in and got a half century straightaway against Pakistan in the practice game.

Ravi Bopara is preferred to Bat at 7 Position

Ravi Bopara was sent to bat at 7 in England’s warm up match against Australian Prime Minister’s XI played at Manuka Oval earlier today.

It seems the England team management reckons he can do his best for the team at that position only.

On Sri Lanka tour, Bopara had batted higher up the order in a few games, at 5 sometimes or at 6.

So, it was supposed that the management had found a new role for him, but, it does not seem to be the case now.

Bopara is back to his usual position and he would probably be batting there only this winter.

Ravi Bopara – The All Rounder

The England captain Alastair Cook gave Ravi Bopara only 4 overs in the first ODI against Sri Lanka which was surprising for everyone.

If England is looking at Bopara as the all rounder who would fulfil the 5th bowler’s quota in the World Cup, then, he must be given as much bowling practice as possible in the matches ahead of the showpiece tournament.

The 4 overs that Bopara got in Colombo, he was pretty economical in that. He gave away only 15 runs, but, despite that, he was not given the ball in the slog overs when the other bowlers were disappearing all around the park.

Bopara has shown time and again how effective he is with the ball. No one can forget that Champions Trophy final which he had almost turned in England’s favour by dismissing three gun Indian batsmen in the middle part of the innings.

And, in Australian where the ball tends to reach the batsman a tad quicker, Bopara with his lower trajectory can be real handy.

But, a captain’s confidence is what he needs. Cook has to be courageous enough to toss the ball to him when the whips are cracking.

Bopara is one of those blokes in that England team who are very tough. He has been left out of the team quite often recently, sometimes, without any solid reason, but, he has dealt with all that very maturely.

Now, finally, the selectors seem to have decided that the Essex man would be there in the World Cup and would be filling that all rounder’s spot. So, it’s important he gets backed by his captain too.

In domestic List ‘A’ cricket, Bopara averages 26 with the ball which is quite good. He has taken 190 wickets in 253 matches there.