As India lost the first match the by 5 runs at Kanpur yesterday the Indian cricket team needs to work on some areas if they have to win the series against South Africa. The Indian team bowled well in the first 35-40 overs but was not able to control the run flow at the end of South Africa batsmen especially AB de Villiers. Here we look at the areas India should improve in the remaining ODI’s against South Africa.
- Pace bowling
The Indian pace bowlers consisting of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav bowled well in the first 10 over’s of the game yesterday. The Indian pacers did not pick wickets at the start and really looked out sorts. They need to pick early wickets to put pressure on the South African batting line up.
- Lack of rounders hurting the team
The designated all rounder in Stuart Binny has not poorly delivered with bat and ball. In yesterday’s match, Stuart Binny bowled well taking 2 wickets for 50 and was not able to use the best chance he got to exhibit his batting skills. He was playing a poor stroke compared to his potential. In the next 2 matches, G Singh Mann could also be tried. Stuart Binny may get another 1 or 2 chances however the country should start looking for alternate medium pacers with the ability to chip in with the bat.
- Spin bowling
Traditionally known for good spinners India was doing well with Ashwin and Mishra. Unfortunately, Ashwin got injured in his fourth over and came back to bowl just one over. He was ruled for remaining part of the match. His absence really hurt India in winning the match. With Ashwin out the responsibility lies of Mishra and Harbhajan, particularly Harbhajan to revive his skill. G Singh Mann can also pitch in good over’s and also take some wickets.
India’s batting looks strong on paper. The senior batsmen like Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and even Dhawan are not showing their full potential. They need to make up their mind and identify their own problems and solution to deliver as that is the dire need to salvage the series and Indian pride.
- Death Bowling
Indian bowling gave 86 runs in the last 6 overs. The Indian pace bowlers were not able to hit yorker’s on a consistent basis and gave too many runs in the end. South Africa made a competitive total of 303. Last two over’s the Indian pace bowlers conceded 40 runs which allowed South Africa to post a competitive total.