New Delhi. Team India will suffer in this way in Visakhapatnam ODI, no fan of the Indian team would expect such a thing. It was expected from Rohit Sharma and Co. that by winning the second ODI against Australia, they would also name the series but it does not seem to be happening. The Indian team was all out for just 118 runs in this match. Mitchell Starc shone fiercely between the swinging balls. He did not give any chance to the Indian team to return by taking five wickets in his name. After this match, that deficiency of India has also been exposed once again, which the team was facing till the 2019 World Cup.
Most runs in this ODI from India came from the bat of Virat Kohli. He played an important inning of 31 runs. After this, Akshar Patel contributed an unbeaten 29 runs at number two. He did not get the support of any teleender at the other end. Otherwise, he could have taken the score further. Both Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav could not even open their accounts. When Gill got out on the second ball, Surya became the victim of a golden duck. Rohit contributed 13 and Hardik contributed one run. KL Rahul, the hero of the last match, was able to contribute only nine runs in this match.
Embarrassing performance in Powerplay after four years
During the 50-over World Cup played in England four years ago, the Indian team was out of the tournament after the defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the semi-finals. This was also the last match of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In that match too, the Indian batting flopped in the powerplay itself. Then Team India lost four wickets after scoring 24 runs in the first 10 overs. Although Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja together kept India in the match till the end. If we talk about today’s match, in the first 10 overs of the powerplay, half of the Indian team had returned to the pavilion. Today India’s score was 50 for the loss of five wickets after 10 overs. No batsman became the savior of Team India in this match.
Weakness surfaced again
India has to play the 50-over World Cup on its own soil at the end of this year. In such a situation, the same weakness has once again come in front of India, which Team India was facing before the 2019 World Cup. The Indian team will have to overcome the habit of losing quick wickets in the powerplay itself. Otherwise, India’s dream of winning the 50-over World Cup again after 12 years may be shattered.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 19, 2023, 17:45 IST