India recently earned a historic Test Cricket triumph in Australia and many conundrums were solved. But in the following ODI series, a number of new puzzles stay unresolved.
Despite a massive hundred from the might Rohit Sharma, India fell 34 runs short of the target in the 1st ODI, at the SCG. In Limited Overs for the Indian team, the opening department isn’t a cruncher. What seemed evident in the first ODI is that India’s focus should be on the underlying but major issues. The second ODI, scheduled on January 15, at Adelaide is going to be crucial and might answer a lot ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Whether or not Dhoni should come out at No.4?
Rohit Sharma has stressed recently that former captain MS Dhoni should be promoted to No. 4 as his “ideal” for the position. Dhoni scored 51 off 96 balls in the first ODI against Australia at the SCG. Vice-captain for India in ODIs, Rohit Sharma along with Dhoni registered a 4th wicket partnership of 137 runs. Helping India come out of the morass after a heavy blow of 4 for 3 down. Although seen by many as an innings that cost India the match, Sharma believes his innings was actually a silver lining for the team. “It’s a good sign for us that he [Dhoni] showed he can come out and bat whenever the team wants him to bat,” Rohit Sharma said.
“When he came out to bat today (Saturday), we’d already lost three wickets, the guys were bowling pretty well and we had to respect that spell. We took a little bit of time, even myself, I took some time and didn’t score as quickly as I normally do. At that point losing another wicket the game would have been dead, so we wanted to make sure we take the game forward so we had to play dot balls.”
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“I think we were fine with the ball. That wicket was 300 plus par. I think we did well with the ball. We thought 288 was quite gettable. Losing three wickets upfront is never good,”
Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation of the 1st ODI. Now, everyone has been up about the question- is Ambati Rayudu the answer to India’s No.4 puzzle? But the real quandary lies in the fact that all India need is a proper batting all-rounder. After his failure at the SCG, Kedhar Jadhav might be thought of as an option to maintain balance in the team.
Adelaide is all set for the seamers
Australian youngster Jhye Richardson took away the match from India by producing his career-best bowling figures of 4/26. The last couple of ODIs in Adelaide have been moderately low scoring. Out of the Australia v India clashes at the Adelaide Oval the visitors have only won 1-4 out of 5 times. But the last time the two teams met at this ground, India had emerged victorious. Earlier this season, Australia defended 231 against South Africa with pace bowlers ruling the show.