Here is everything you need to know about the India Vs Australia ODI Series and areas that let India down.
Finding themselves in a pandemonium, this Indian side could be condemned to embarrassment for a series defeat at home. Allowing Australia to come back into the series and restore semblance at 2-2, India has no one but themselves to blame for its showings in the previous two encounters. Far from its best, India’s showing has been a beleaguered one with huge gaping holes emerging in the side that Australia has taken full advantage of.
From bad decision making at the toss to even worse fielding, these along with many issues have become the perpetrators of India’s calamitous performances. Ahead of the Delhi decider, the home side is in massive need of elevating their performance and dishing out a showing that has made them the world-beaters they have emerged as over the last year.
India Vs Australia ODI Series: Areas that let India down this series
- Be it the third ODI in Jharkhand or the Mohali match, India’s lapses in the field have made for some viewing. The side has been far too complacent, letting go off easy chances, one that should be picked up under any circumstances.
- Along with it, singles have been allowed to be converted into doubles and boundaries being conceded way too easily with the effort clearly lacking on the field.
- It’s been an embarrassing display by the hosts’ fielders, one they need to improve on massively before they take to the Feroz Shah Kotla. In matches of such magnitude, fine margins like this decide matches and India’s showing is a stark contrast to that of what Australia has doled out.
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- While the third match saw India allow Australia’s opening partnership to continue on their merry way with six silly midfielders seeing them unable to mount pressure on, the Mohali clash only saw things go further downwards.
- Pant endured his worst match as a wicket-keeper, trying something too special to run-out Turner in the 44th over in what was an easy chance.
- That miss along with Bumrah, Dhawan and Shankar all dropping catches saw India picking up the pieces of their own aberrations.
- Like the Jadeja run-out in the third match, a bit of brilliance in the field can completely change the face of an encounter and India need to show more determination in the final match.
- Having conceded that they failed to read the conditions in the third and fourth ODI match, it’s surprising how the home side can get their own conditions so wrong.
- There’s something drastically wrong in the information provided by the pitch management to the Indian team management and it has ended up costing the side the last two matches.
- Batting first in Jharkhand, India expected the pitch to turn wet, bowling their spinners accordingly for foresight that never occurred.
- In Mohali, the side was informed for some perplexing reason that the field won’t suffer too much as evening came on.
- It was completely to the contrary, with huge drops of water lining up all over the grass, seeing the ball skid and become extremely difficult to grasp for India.
- It was information that made them bat first on a Mohali wicket where the chasing side has won 5 times as opposed to the just one batting first.
- Delhi will see cold conditions and its more than clear that there will be a wet field as the day sheds. We wish the side are able to read the conditions correctly this time around.
- Apart from Virat Kohli’s brilliance or the Jadhav and Dhoni stand, India’s middle-order has left the side besmirched yet again.
- Rayadu has been in agonising touch, showing once again that he’s not a dependable option at number 4.
- While Shankar had the one good knock, he’s hardly the one who can be trusted along with Jadhav.
- Persistently performing well has cost India massively in the middle period and it’s become an ever increasing problem.
- The way India has lost wickets at regular intervals on sluggish, slow and flat home pitches begs the question of how they’ll be able to cope on the fast, swinging and bouncing track of India.
- With this slated to the last ODI series, India plays before the world cup, too much shuffling has cost the side. This is not the time to experiment but rather to field your best playing side and give the players earmarked for the showpiece tournament the much needed playing time.
- Despite Jadeja playing well with both the bat and ball, he was dropped for the fourth match for Chahal who offers nothing as opposed to Jadeja.
- Rahul who has been one of the worst performers for India in the last year, being battered in conditions outside India was called up again in place of Rayadu who the side have confirmed will be their bat at number 4.
- The second wicket-keeper slot is yet from affirmed and its clueless decisions like these that have cost the side rather than assuring the country of who the best faces will be to represent India at the world cup.