After India’s poor show in the 1st ODI against India, Michael Vaughan expressed his concern over the middle-order of the team. The ex-English cricketer took to his Twitter account and spoke about the on-going crisis in the Indian line-up.
India is presently hosting the second home assignment where they are playing three-match one-day series against Australia. In the opening game, Kohli & his Co. were seen struggling against the visiting pacers. While KL Rahul (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (74) added stability to the team Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were unable to put their bats to good use.
With the top-order returning to the hut in the 33rd over, the rest of the wickets fall like a pack of cards. Even though Rishabh Pant (28) and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (25) were able to hold on for a few overs, although it was not enough to get India’s score past the 300-run mark.
Vaughan expressed his concern over India’s middle order. The former batter said ‘India lack power in the engine room’:
While social media is flooded with cricket fans questioning Virat Kohli coming in at No. 4, there is a visible fight in the middle-order of the team. Although the team has been winning games recently, the 10-wicket defeat was the eye-opener for Kohli and the coach, Ravi Shastri himself.
Vaughan took to his social media account to voice his opinion on India’s miserable show in the ODI opener.
The former cricketer and now commentator highlighted India’s struggle in the last two ICC World Cup tournaments. He firmly stated that the team, no matter how invincible in other fields, will have to shape up their middle order in the three years before the next World Cup tournament that will take place in India.
Vaughan wrote, “They lack power for me in the engine room, the middle order, they have 3 yrs to make sure they can keep up the tradition of the hosts winning.”
Interested to see how #India responds in the 2nd ODI.If they are honest they will accept the last 2 World Cups they have under achieved !!They lack power for me in the engine room,the middle order,they have 3 yrs to make sure they can keep up the tradition of the hosts winning !
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2020