5 way out for Indian team to restore the parity of the ODI series
India did not have a good start in the ODI series as well after the 2-0 Twenty 20 series defeat against South Africa.They lost the thriller at Green Park, Kanpur by 5 runs. Now, India will take on South Africa for the second ODI at Holkar Stadium, Indore on October 14 for a day-night encounter.
India will have to restore the parity of the series to keep the thrill up in the entire series. Before India take the field on Wednesday after Sportzwiki is offering five-way out to Indian team to level the series in Indore.
1)Play aggressive brand of cricket
The Indian team in the last two tournaments including the tour of Bangladesh and T20 series has failed to play with aggression. Indian fielders have to get into the skin of opposition player to disrupt their concentration on the game. In the first T20 match at Dharamsala, 20-year-old Kagiso Rabada opted to sledge Rohit Sharma, who scored a quickfire hundred. Rabada’s controlled aggression helped him to check India flow of run. In the Kanpur ODI, he took two wickets in the last over and paid back the faith kept on him by captain AB de Villiers in the last over. Indian fielders and bowlers have to show aggression in attitude.
2) Make fans go Gung ho:
When you are playing, except physical tussle, racial comments and slang language, we can do everything to win the battle. So, give fans a chance to cheer for the home team. If Virat Kohli asks Indian fans to cheer for the Indian team, the ambience of the stadium will definitely create a problem for South African players, who are not much familiar with noise. In the last ODI at Green Park, when AB de Villiers was batting Indian fans were cheering for him. It is a good gesture from Indian fans. But, Indian batsmen have to perform, so their fans can do the same for them as well.
3) Fix the batting line up:
India in the first ODI messed up with their batting line up. It was known that Team Director Ravi Shastri insisted MS Dhoni to take Ajinkya Rahane. Okay, the director found Rahane was an informed batsman and he could effective for India. But, Virat Kohli, who argued with MS Dhoni for being asked to bat at no.4, revolted as he got out at the crucial juncture of the match. MS Dhoni at the post-match press conference indirectly criticized Virat Kohli. He said, “in the over 33 and 40 our chase affected as big shots were not coming”. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, whose 150 went in vain, were batting as Imran Tahir checked theirs follow of runs during that over. So, before the second ODI at Holkar Stadium, Indore on October 14 Indian team management have to figure out what is their perfect batting line up.
4) Blowing department:
South African bowlers not have been that good in this series, but their bowlers rose on the occasion when needed. Take for example for the last match, 11 was needed in the last over. MS Dhoni could easily win the match for India. But, Kagiso Rabada, opted to bowl towards Dhoni’s body. Rabada tried to do what others bowlers do against Dhoni. Everybody knew that Dhoni back foot technique is not good, so Rabada pitched the ball on the leg stump as a result Dhoni failed. Meanwhile, the Indian bowlers without injured offspinner R. Ashwin were proved ineffective. It was the shame Indian bowlers are playing at their home conditions, but they were still clueless to the batting of AB de Villiers. The match will be day-night, so dew will be a factor. Unimaginative Umesh Yadav’s old ball bowling and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bounce at 115kmph were also responsible for India’s 5 run defeat. The Indian bowlers conceded 110 runs in the last 10 overs taking only 2 wickets. Without Mohammad Shami, who is recovering from knee injury, Indian bowling department has been looking toothless.
5) Play as a unit
This Indian team are not looking confident. Authority of MS Dhoni over team selection is no more. Players are concerned more about their own performance than team’s performance. The reason behind the uncomfortable dressing room is Virat Kohli’s desire to take the captaincy and Ravi Shastri’s unnecessary intervention in team selections. The last match exposed how vulnerable the players are. They understood their captain’s order is no more the last word in team selection. In this scenario, it is difficult to perform. It is the job of Team Director Ravi Shastri to keep the unity of the team. Indian cricket for a long time after the 2005 incident, when Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell set a conspiracy to drop Sourav Ganguly from the team, has not seen anything like that. If the same would happen with Dhoni that will be the most unfortunate incident of this decade in Indian cricket.