What does India do now? With the series has already been lost the remaining two ODIs are now dead rubbers, India has nothing to lose from the series. The fourth ODI will be played in Canberra and fifth and the final one at Sydney Cricket Ground.
India is the only nation who lost the two consecutive ODI even after scoring 300 plus total. Captain MS Dhoni blamed “lack of concentration” of players. At the press conference, he never looked tensed. He described the match and flaws of Indian teams and gave some cheeky answers to the questions of the journalist.
When he was asked players are playing a bit slow to get hundred, as a result, India came short of 30-40 more runs. Initially, Dhoni said, “I don’t think so.” Then the reporter said, he has the statistics, Dhoni “Then you know better than me.”
Dhoni said if India has to win an ODI then everything have to be executed simultaneously. It was observed that Indian batsmen performed quite good and showed consistency but, bowlers and fielders showed consistency in not improving their performance.
So, in the next two ODIs, India have two options either win the last two ODIs or slumped to the threat of Glenn Maxwell, who said they will whitewash India in ODIs and three matches Twenty 20 series.
With India already announced their T20 squad, Australia has filled a very strong squad for the three-match series. So, India in the T20 series will also face an uphill task.
So, Indian team management and captain MS Dhoni must talk with his players. The body language of Indian fielders was slack during this series. Australian batsmen scored easily as Indian bowlers were bowling without any plan. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma being the experienced bowler have not been able to defend a mammoth target at big Melbourne Cricket Ground. They must improve their bowling. As Mohammad Shami’s international return pushed away due to hamstring injury Indian don’t have many options. Dhoni also admitted that at the press conference. “You need a brave man in the team.” “It is not about the leader. I am captain at the moment and somebody else will come later. It is more important to see the areas we are lacking, the departments which have to improve when it comes to shorter formats.”
It seems that India’s ODI fortune has been stuck with some invisible problem. Dhoni’s allegation and fielders lack interest affected India’s chance in the series. Australian media claimed that Indian fielders are finding it difficult to play at the big ground of Australia. This theory is not acceptable as Indian players have played a good number of matches in World Cup Down Under.
Before India start the T20 series campaign players must improve their weak zones in the last two ODIs and end the series winning the last two ODIs that will boost India’s confidence in the three-match T20 series.