India Seems To Struggle In T20s These Days
New Zealand has defeated India in the first T20I at Ranchi. It was pretty much India’s game until last over of first innings and with that momentum shift, New Zealand kept pressing hard and disposed Indian top order with a smart bowling plan.
It was pretty much on cards to know how Indian team will perform without the presence of experienced campaigners like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. So in T20Is, India is a team under nourishment, there is still so much to gain for them out of these matches.
Lack Of Experience In Top Order
India is capable of chasing any total and that’s a fact. When you have Suryakumar Yadav in your team, no score seems out of sight. But as a team, the top order must prevail to provide a momentum to the innings.
Ishan Kishan has been tried for some time now but it’s 50:50 case with him, either he scores big or he doesn’t score at all. That is very contrary to what we have seen about Indian openers. Throughout the past years, they have been first class in providing good start.
Now the team has changed and combinations aren’t exactly working as coach and captain would have hoped for. Last time he scored a half century was 13 innings ago and since then he hasn’t even crossed 40 runs mark once.
Shubman Gill has a similar case, he looked promising in the second T20i against Sri Lanka where he scored 49 off 36 balls but except that, he has only picked single digit scores in other three matches.
There is no settled number 3 player of Indian team. Rahul Tripathi has been given opportunity but clearly he failed to make best of it. The problem seems that some players are trying so hard to maintain their place in the team rather than enjoying the game. Maybe, this is the reason of their downfall.
Bowling On and Off Without Discipline
Filling up Jasprit Bumrah’s shoes isn’t an easy job but someone has to stand up for it. Arshdeep Singh, a wonderful talent but still far from being disciplined. The tall left arm pacer has knack of taking wickets but on the other side, he can go for plenty of runs.
In the first T20I against New Zealand, he went for 51 runs in four overs. Before this, Arshdeep conceded 37 runs in two overs against Sri Lanka. Most of these runs are result of wide balls and no balls which is no less than a crime in international cricket for bowlers.
So far, Umran Malik has played 7 T20I matches for India and in only one match, he economy was below 10 when he took two wickets against Sri Lanka in the first T20I. In rest of the matches, Malik has constantly have runs around 12 to 14 runs per over.
India has a number of issues when it comes to T20 matches. It can’t be Suryakumar Yadav every time that he will come and win you a big match on his own back.
The team heavily relies on Suryakumar Yadav for batting and on spinners while bowling. India will face New Zealand in the second T20 at Lucknow. Let’s see what they bring up for this match.