India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Will India discard tried and tested template? | Cricket News – Times of India


It often takes a rare sequence of occasions to get the pathologically phlegmatic Rohit Sharma ruffled. Even when he’s surreally calm, atleast on the outside, the manufactured turbulence in Indian cricket submit December, would have put him on excessive alert forward of India’s 1000th ODI, within the first match of the three-match ODI collection towards West Indies on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Submit the 2019 World Cup, India’s ODI file has been modest. They’ve misplaced 12 of the 24 video games performed with one being a washout.
What’s extra, they’ve suffered collection hammerings in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Worryingly, the pre-2019 World Cup points appear to be coming again to hang-out the group. Rohit, Dhawan/Rahul, Virat within the high three was the axis round which the group constructed its match-winning totals or chased them down with effectivity. Two and a half years down, the group doesn’t seem like it has gone far seeking recent explosive energy on the high, or to find stability and consistency within the middle-order, or a power-hitter/finisher to do what the absent Hardik and Jadeja managed.
India have tried 5 gamers at No. 4 and 6 gamers at No. 5 in these 24 video games with Rishabh Pant (199 runs at No.4 from six video games) and (194 runs at No.5 from 4 video games) and Shreyas Iyer (463 runs from 13 video games at No.4) and (194 runs from six video games at No.5) getting the utmost alternatives in these slots however each have needed to swap positions repeatedly. KL Rahul has had 9 possibilities at No.5 at a powerful common of 63 and a excessive strike fee of 114.
India’s template is protect first, launch later. It’s a really 80’s out-of-syllabus method to ODIs, particularly if the highest three perish early or get caught.

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The phrase blessing in disguise is nearly abused whereas speaking about sport, however Covid infections to Shikhar Dhawan and Ruturaj Gaikwad and household engagements for KL Rahul (will miss the ODI on Sunday) have meant that India have to search for a brand new opening associate for Rohit.
The captain mentioned on the pre-match digital media interplay that Ishan Kishan will open as Mayank Agarwal remains to be in quarantine. Will the Jharkhand ’keeper-bat get the license to go after the bowling within the first powerplay, an space the place India have operated with the hand-break on, particularly once they bat first?

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“We gained’t copy different groups only for the sake of change,” Rohit mentioned, virtually dismissively and was emphatic to level out that India has gained over 70% of its matches within the final three years with their method.
The reluctance of the senior professionals to place themselves in positions exterior their consolation zones has damage the group. It is all nicely to take in dots after which make up, however do the youthful gamers batting decrease down have the identical luxurious of enjoying out dots and constructing an innings?


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