The Indian batting debacle in the World T20 match against New Zealand has exposed a few chinks in the batting line-up. India’s two defeats in last 12 T20Is has come on helpful pitches for bowlers where Indian batsmen have struggled to cope with it and score runs.
The Indian top-order has struggled to get going and that has put additional pressure on the middle-lower order which lacks the consistency and has thus succumbed under pressure.
India would do well to look at its middle-lower order which has not spent enough time in the middle to survive tough situations. The fact that the Indian batting has been packed with stroke players compounds the problems as they have not been able to play on merit when the ball has done a bit.
With a heavy top-order, Team India’s batting is under pressure when the top three fail to deliver. Besides, they are susceptible to some good quality bowling.
With a high voltage contest against Pakistan next, Team India need to not look far beyond the Asia Cup encounter against their arch-rivals where they lost three top-order wickets to Muhammad Amir’s searing pace and line and length with nothing on the board.
On flat pitches and not that high a quality bowling attacks, Team India’s top-order has fired from the word go. But against a quality bowling attack like that of Pakistan’s, Indian batsmen would do well to take their time to settle down before unleashing the big shots.
They should show better application that was missing in the game against New Zealand. With Pakistan high on confidence after their win against Bangladesh, they will come hard at India. India’s batsmen, who are known for their stroke-making ability, should not let the New Zealand loss affect them and instead play their natural game but with due respect to the conditions and pitch and opposition.
India should take inspiration from the Asia Cup win where they curbed natural stroke-play and played on merit as the conditions were not ideal to blast from the word go.
With an experienced batting line-up like India’s, Dhoni and his men have to learn quickly from the mistakes they committed in the match against New Zealand. A no-loss record against Pakistan in World Cup should work in their favour. But India still need to fight it out in the middle against a confident Pakistan, failing which, they will have to bid their World T20 campaign an early goodbye.