Indian Cricket Legend Rahul Dravid has said that the Men in Blue’s current ODI batting lineup is heavily reliant on Virat Kohli and expressed that he’ll have to be at his very best if India are to defend their title in the ICC World Cup 2015, which gets underway on February 14th.
During a podcast with ESPNcricinfo, Dravid said:
“If you look at the Indian batting lineup, they are in a sense heavily reliant on someone like Virat Kohli to get India through those middle overs which allows the likes of Raina and Dhoni to come at the back end and finish off games.
“He will need to bat well. He’ll need to set the tempo for the side.”
When asked about the India’s death bowling issues, Dravid said that the each one of our pacers have a good yorker but the consistency factor is missing.
“Mohammad Shami we’ve seen has a good yorker, and when he’s on song he does well. Ishant Sharma has blown hot and cold in one-day cricket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is brilliant when the balls swings, but again his death bowling has been good on some days, not been great [on other days]; same with Umesh Yadav. So there’s no consistency in that,” Dravid added.