AUS vs IND 2016: Five things India must do to bounce back in the T20 series ?
After losing the five-match ODI series, 4-1 India should resolve their flaws before the three-match T20 series which starts tomorrow at Adelaide Oval. In the ODI series where a flurry of runs were scored by both teams, India end on the wrong side. So, with the World T20 2016 just two months way India should rearrange their dressing room for a better result in the three-match T20 series in Australia.
Here are five things India should do
Play with confidence
India in the five-match ODI series scored a lot of runs but that has gone in vain as bowlers conceded runs while fielders dropped catches and leaked runs at a crucial juncture of the match. So, in the T20 series with a brand new team India should approach the game with a positive mindset. Captain MS Dhoni after losing the third match at Melbourne said that they lost the match due to players “lack of concentration”. That might happen because players were feeling bore as their energy were burning out due to exceeding cricket matches. But, as the T20 team filled with three veteran batsmen and couple of young budding cricketers India will not face any problem as the players will be hungry to perform for securing a berth in World T20.
Post a big total batting first
If India bat first they should score a big total to pose a challenge to strong Australian batting line-up. The current Australian bowling attack is not strong enough to create a problem to Indian batsmen, so India should score a massive total as that will help Indian bowling attack to defend the total bowling to strongly packed Australian batting line up.
Bowler should have clear idea to their approach to a particular batsman
For the T20 series, India got a totally different bowling attack. Except Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, who played only the last ODI at SCG (Sydney cricket Ground), India have Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh. So, they should work on a particular batsman before coming to bowl him because most of the Australians especially Chris Lynn has been in outstanding form. In just concluded Big Bash League he hammered every bowler and adjudged man of the series.
Fielding should be water tight
In the ODI series, India dropped a number of catches and leaked runs that made things rather easy for Australian batsmen. In the first ODI when India batting first scored 309 Australian batsmen, Steve Smith and George Bailey relied on singles rather than big shots that helped them to rotate the strike in the middle orders. In the T20 cricket, singles will be few comparison to ODI cricket. But there will be chances of catches as players will try to play big shots to get runs in fewer balls. Indian fielder must convert a half-chance into a stunning catch that will help India to control the match.
MS Dhoni has to inspire his team
Captain MS Dhoni has to talk with his players before the first match of the series begin. He knew that India lost the ODI series 4-1. But, at current situations, India should play good cricket in T20 format as the T20 World Cup 2016 at home knocking at the door. Dhoni and team director Ravi Shastri should talk to each player to put an outstanding performance in the field to give a strong fight to host Australia.
This series would be an experimental one before the Asia Cup and World T20, India should solve their problem as soon as possible. Dhoni should also be careful is placing fielders. In the ODI series, he did not come to bowlers with his usual inputs to help bowlers to bowl a batsman. Dhoni must enjoy the game rather than playing it for the sake of playing.
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