Indian team is experiencing a tough time in the shorter format of the game following their unexpected defeat at the hands of English unit in the ODI series, that too in a competition where they were leading by a margin of 1-0.
The loss did shake the Indian team to the core, and also made them a subject of utmost criticism from the Indian fanatics, who openly booed some of the Indian cricketers at the Mecca of Cricket. It won’t be right to be critical of only one player’s performance when the entire playing XI had failed as a unit.
Whatever be the case, if this keeps on continuing for some more duration, then chances are that the Indian team might not even find themselves in the race for the world cup. And, from the present situation, it already looks like the team isn’t ready yet for next year’s mega event that would be held in the English conditions.
Here’s a look at the top 3 reasons that prove why Indian team isn’t ready for next year’s world cup campaign
Over-reliance over the top order batsmen
In the white ball cricket, the top 3 batsmen play a very crucial role in setting mammoth targets or while chasing jaw-dropping totals. Their role is to set the team off for flying starts and it could happen that a player or two could manage to remain till the last moments of the innings. But, that rarely happens in the international cricket.
For the past couple of years, the Men in Blue have been relying solely on the performance exhibited by the top order batsmen in the white ball cricket.
Be it the 2017 champions trophy finals or the recently concluded ODI series, any cricket fan would have easily pointed out Team India’s heavy dependence on the top order batsmen, and once they are bowled out, the team falls apart like a pack of cards.
Apart from Virat Kohli, the Indian team hasn’t found out their match winner yet, who could stay in the middle and be the game changer when the situation asks for.
The over-hyped middle order conundrum
The Indian team has tried out every possible combination for the Number 4 and 5 slot in the white ball cricket, yet none could turn fruitful in the long run.
Since 2015, there have been 10 changes made to the 4th and 5th slot in the batting lineup. Players of the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Kl Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer and many such players were given the chance to eradicate the middle order conundrum, yet none could succeed.
With only 15-16 ODI games left prior to the world cup, it would be better if the Indian team manages to find a permanent solution to this recurring issue else a loss in the world cup campaign owing to the middle order’s failure would surely prove fatal for the entire unit.
MS Dhoni’s sulking performance
The veteran’s performance is sulking with every passing series, making it all the more difficult for the BCCI staff members to keep on procrastinating his eviction.
MS Dhoni isn’t the finisher that he once was. His hard-hitting abilities have hit the rocks in the recent years of his international involvement. He has even lost his finishing touch which had earned him the title of one of the greatest finishers in the limited overs cricket.
The 37-year old has time and again failed to contribute when it was needed the most, and as result, he was on the receiving end of all the criticisms. It’s time he either hangs up his boots or skipper Virat Kohli decides a different for Dhoni.