Team India in tatters…..

Team India’s search for a victory on the ongoing tour of Australia seems to be never ending. After losing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the team has lost its first 2 ODI Matches in the Carlton-Mid triangular  ODI series. The Indian side found it difficult to put bat to ball against England in the 3rd game of the series.

The excessive bounce and pace on offer to the English seamers  at the MCG also played a spoilsport. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan,Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli  perished against the steaming short pitch deliveries. The towering Steven Finn ripped through the fragile Indian batting line up claiming 5 wickets. James Anderson too scalped 4 wickets reducing the Indian touring party to a paltry 153 all out.

The MCG wicket had a lot on offer for the bowlers and the English seamers made the Indian Batsmen hop and jump. The short pitch delivery contributed to the Indian Batsmen’s misery after as many as 5 batsmen perished against the Short pitch Delivery. The Indian batsmen have been largely ineffective in handling the short pitch deliveries. Raised on the featherbeds of Wankhede, Eden Gardens and Motera, the Indian side has found it difficult to adjust in seaming conditions where the ball tends to move around and swing on and off the seam.

This is not the only problem as far as the Indian team is concerned. The present Indian team is a bunch of young turks lacking experience. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu are undoubtedly talented with a mountain of runs behind them in the domestic circuit. The problem with the present team is the lack of temperament and teamwork. The present Indian batting order relies heavily on Virat Kohli. The team’s over-dependence on Kohli has led to severe middle order collapses in the recent past.

The team’s lack of temperament has also contributed quite significantly to the misery. A majority of Indian batsmen threw their wickets away playing reckless strokes in the recently concluded test series against Australia. The opening pair’s inability to give the team a solid start has hit the Indian side quite badly. Shikhar Dhawan, the burly-surly southpaw from Delhi is going through a rough patch yet again. The 29 year old has been getting out cheaply for quite sometime now.

The rumours of a rift between the teammates during the second test deteriorated the situation further. The rumours of a possible rift between Kohli,Dhawan and MS Dhoni is believed to be the foremost reason behind MS Dhoni’s sudden retirement from the 5 day game. Virat Kohli’s heroic efforts during the test series against Australia went in vain as Indians were beaten 2-0 in the test series earlier in January 2015.

The hopes of retainig the world cup seem to be in total disarray following the team’s dismal show in the ongoing Triangular series. The batsmen are not firing at all and the same is the case with the bowlers as well. The lack of variation in bowling has hit the Indian pace battery quite hard. The likes of Umesh Yadav and Co. have been milking away runs at an economy of over 5 & 1/2.  The bowlers have been criticized time and again for bowling short of a length deliveries and half trackers. The lack of penetration power has been a major cause of the pace battery’s ineffectiveness. The bowlers have not been able to trouble the Australian batsmen.

With the world cup approaching the beleaguered Indian touring party, the men in blue need to regroup and bounce back quickly. They will have to learn spending time at the wicket as they cannot wack every second ball out of the park for sixes and fours. Partnerships need to be constructed. Keeping the present plight of the team in mind, saving the world cup crown is looking like a far fetched dream.

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