The defeat in the third ODI against the West Indies may probably open the eyes of the Indian team. So far, India’s top order batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli, in most matches performing for the team victory. The problem with the Indian middle order is nothing new, especially number four.
However, Ambati Rayudu is getting opportunities at number 4 but doesn’t look well settled. In the last match, he got out on 22 runs.
The responsibility of winning the match after Ambati was on the team’s most experienced player, MS Dhoni, who could not overcome his poor form and got out on 7 runs. Rishabh Pant is new now and not many hopes to him. He has less experience and tendency to withstand with more pressure. He will come over this situation only when he will get regular opportunities.
Middle order responsibility is a big question now
So the question arises that if the top order fails, then who is in the middle order to lead the team to the victory.
The need to take lessons after this defeat is because for the next ICC World Cup team India need the right combination. From start to the end, all the players need to take their responsibility seriously. If it does not happen, then the team will have to face the same situation as they had to do in the third ODI.
Even during the Asia Cup, it was seen that if Dhawan and Rohit failed in the beginning, the Indian team had barely won. For the Indian team and team management, it should be a matter of concern that who is going to win the match in the middle order.