For the first time in the year 2013, the Indian batting appeared formidable in either setting targets or chasing runs with incredible confidence. In the Australian series in 2013, the Indian batting team had chased 350+ targets twice. In these two innings Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan were the main scorers. In 2014, One day international series against England the Indian team scored 304 runs in the second one day Internationals. India has scored 300 plus in ODI’s against Sri Lanka and West Indies in the past few matches.
Earlier, In ODIs, the Indian team had great players likes Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar (the first man to score a double ton in ODIs), Laxman and Virender Sehwag. Virender Sehwag was a sensation in batting scoring double century in ODI and triple centuries twice in Test matches. The batting approach has changed in the modern times as the youngsters are able to chase down the scores with far greater panache and ease. Starting with Yuvraj Singh, an explosive player, who smashed six sixes in an over in T20 to win the match announced to the world the arrival of Indian batting strength. Then arrived Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a ton on his Test debut and then followed that up with scoring plenty of centuries in ODIs, Virat Kohli, who is a special talent and has been instrumental in chasing big scores, Suresh Raina, an attacking batsman is dreaded by the opponents in ODIs these days. Captain Dhoni, has been batting sensation with an ability to finish the games. They have all contributed to making the Indian team a batting powerhouse. The Indian team is capable of chasing 300 scores with such a good batting order any time. I think these batsmen know how to change gears and make a match out of any game, even if it seems to be daunting or slipping.
The recent form of Virat Kohli has been superb. In the year of 2013 he had scored over 1,000 runs with some match winning innings. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma’s opening partnership had laid a good foundation for the explosive players to score runs at quick pace. In 2014, Rahane and Dhawan are scoring runs with ease and full of confidence. If early wickets fall, MS Dhoni, the captain of the Indian team, can play solidly and at the end can even hit the helicopter shots which go the distances. In 2012, when India had to chase 320 in 40 overs against Sri Lanka, Virat Kohli made easy work of the target and chased it in 36.2 overs. Another instance of India’s batting power is when India had to chase 340 in 50 over’s, and Virat Kohli played a great knock of 183 against Pakistan in Asia Cup 2012.
I think the change of rules of 5 fielders inside the circle every time is helping the batsmen.
In 2014, after losing the test series against England the Indian team bounced back to win the One day International series 3-1 and then also won the One day international series against West Indies 2-1.
The Indian team batting looks formidable and the main challenge for the Indian is to take 20 wickets in a test match outside India which the team must look to improve in coming Australian test series.