Cricket / rohit sharma
India's middle order needs to start winning matches
In limited overs cricket, India has been dominating for a long time now. They are numero uno in the test rankings, and are ranked number two in both ODIs and t20s. As far as limited overs cricket is concerned, the main contributing factors have been India's top order in batting, Bumrah and the wrist spinners in the bowling department. There is a trend we have been seeing in the last 2-3 years, our batting is over dependent on the top 3. Rohit, Shikhar, and Virat have been phenomenal and there is no doubt to the fact that they have carried the team's batting on their shoulders. Virat averaged a freakish 133 in the year 2018, and Rohit and Shikhar were around 73 and 50 respectively. While that is a great sight from India's perspective, it also signified the incompetency of the middle order. One of the problems with middle order is that they have been playing musical chair with the number 4 and number 6 spot, with Dhoni slotted in between them. They started the year with Ajinkya Rahane in South Africa at number 4, and over the year, tried various players like Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Kartik, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rishab Pant, although it seems like they had found an ideal candidate in Ambati Rayudu by the end of Windies series. Even at number 6, with injuries to Kedar Jhadav, India did try some of the players mentioned above. So, in a situation where the top order fails, they are left wanting. Something like that happened in the first ODI against Australia, where Shikhar, Virat and Rayudu were back to the pavilion in no time, and Rohit Sharma nearly carried India through. The batsmen in line for the middle order spots are Rayudu, Kartik, Dhoni, Pant, and Jhadav. Most of them have decent finishing abilities and they need to revolve around Dhoni to not only make meagre contributions, but win matches on their own if the top order gets blown off. Rayudu and Jhadav seem to be the men who might eventually make the two vacant spots their own once India set their feet in England. As far as Dhoni is concerned, he desperately needs to deliver as Rishab Pant is breathing down his neck big time after his exploits in the test series Down Under. He needs to improve his strike rate considerably as the pitches in England are likely to be high scoring. We, as fans want Dhoni to get his finishing abilities back on track as we want him to hit the World Cup winning six, for one final time.
India lose as the key players failed!
Hello everyone, The first ODI bring the hope back to the Australian team as India lose the match by 34 runs. Australian won the toss and opted to bat and set a massive target for India of 290 Runs. India started their inning and lost the frequent wickets as the openers failed to hold the strike. After looking at the target score the pitch was good for batting but one has to hold the position and no to throw the wickets in order to win the match. S. Dhawan went on a duck this time - LBW! India lost 3 wickets at the score of 4 runs which showed that the journey won't be going to be smooth and a massive partnership was required which happened between Rohit and Dhoni but as they fall, fans lost the hope for a win and the chance of come back in the match. Rohit Sharma scored another ton on Australian soil and the count of centuries in ODI - Australia now is 4 which shows that Rohit and Australian pitch are the perfect matches for each other. Dhoni scored another fifty of his career although he played 96 balls in his inning but as per the conditions and scoreboard, the inning was good at least it was building a partnership. As no DRS review was left to be used, Dhoni fell for LBW which broke the 137 runs partnership. Rohit continued with his bat but fell on the ball of Stoinis while pumping up the scoreboard. In the post-match interview, Kohli did state that they lose the match because of the poor performance by the batters. Ambati Raydu went on a duck and also lost the DRS too which can be beneficial during Dhoni's wicket. Again there is nothing much to blame as there is still a good chance to win this series. Rohit played a good inning and scored 137 runs. Richardson won the MoM title after securing 4 crucial wickets! Vijay Shankar and Shubnam Gill are going to replace controversial duo - Rahul and Hardik for upcoming matches. I don't see any replacement in the upcoming matches as the playing 11 has already all the top experienced player. The team will be going to be the same for the upcoming matches. Fifties in the match - 4 Centuries in the match -1