The former Indian skipper Kris Srikkanth believes that form of Indian opener Rohit Sharma and lower middle order batsman Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni is a concern for the Indian team. The Indian team was in a dominating position in the fourth ODI but the lower half of the batting line-up was not able to finish the innings on a high.
It is also to be noted that the Indian top order has done the bulk of the scoring and the middle order and lower order batsmen haven’t received many opportunities. The Indian team kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the last match and thus they were not able to give a finishing touch to the innings.
Lower middle order has not got many opportunities.
Srikkanth wrote in his TOI column, Dhoni failed to accelerate as he has in the recent past. The former captain and Hardik Pandya could not have hoped for a more solid platform to launch an attack and get India to a massive score”.
The former Indian opener added that the Indian team should fire at all cylinders and it should be collective team effort rather than relying on individual brilliance to get them through. The Indian team will hope that their middle order also comes to the party.
Srikkanth further added, “Going into the fifth game, I can only hope this is a temporary setback for the visitors. The form of Rohit Sharma is a big concern and so is the strike rate and consistency of Dhoni and Pandya. Rohit is too good a player in this format to be missing out, especially in proper batting conditions. The batting unit has to click collectively for the team to be ruthless”.
The Indian team could have finished their innings better in the last match but they kept losing wickets. The form of Rohit Sharma is a concern for the Indian team and he has to find a way to savour success in South Africa.