Chennai on 22nd October saw an Indian team comeback, Virat Kohli style. With the Proteas leading the series 2-1, India landed in Chennai with the intention to win and they did more than just win the game. The Indian team remained unchanged after the loss at Rajkot and many questioned this move of the management. But Dhoni stuck to his players and the win at Chennai seems to have answered India’s batting woes.
So here are the player ratings after the 4th ODI.
The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan didn’t provide India the start they needed. While Rohit Sharma made 21 runs, Shikar’s poor form continued and he put up a mere 7 runs on the board. India lost both its frontrunners cheaply and though Rohit Sharma has a throng of decent performances to fight for his position in the team, the same cannot be said about Dhawan. In the decider in Mumbai, both these batsmen have to bring their A-game to the field to give India an edge over their opponents.
The No.3 Blaster
Virat Kohli took India over the line with his thumping 138 runs. With the reactions all around the team, it was clear how important a performance from Kohli. Kohli thundered on the South African bowling attack and reached his 100 in style with a six. With a strike rate of 98.5 and an innings marked with 6 fours and 5 sixes, Kohli’s 138 was instrumental in taking India to the score of 299.
The Middle Order
The fourth ODI in a way saw a solution to Rahane and the batting position dilemma and also an answer to Suresh Raina’s dismal form. Rahane shone at No.4, made 45 runs, as he put up a much-needed, innings stabilizing, 104 run partnership with Kohli. And Raina took the reins where Rahane left them. With a 127 runs partnership with Kohli, Raina made a calculated 53 runs. Not only the batting, these players have always been terrific fielders and in this match too their fielding was top notch.
With the batting unit somewhat showing some promise, India will enter the Wankhede stadium with more positivity and grit.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni yet again shows everyone why he is India’s best captain. Using all the resources at his disposal, Dhoni led India to a much-needed win. With the batting finally clicking Dhoni also brought the best out of his bowlers using the spinners well between the spells of the seamers. Dhoni’s tactics reaped immediate results with the spinners eating up Africa’s top batsmen. But Dhoni’s batting still remains questionable and Wankhede is a memorable venue.
Well gelled bowling unit
India’s bowling concerns seem to be at bay with the bowling unit putting up a tremendous show and functioning as a well-oiled unit. The bowlers took wickets at regular intervals never allowing the Proteas batsmen to settle down. While the spinners; Harbhajan Singh, Axar Patel, and Amit Mishra left the African batsmen flustered, the seamers hit the deck hard and kept on grilling the batsmen (Bhuvaneshwar took out AB! what a relief was that!). With both the batting and bowling units finally playing to their potential, the match in Mumbai would be a crackerjack of a game.