Author: Abhishek Rajan
Michael Vaughan reckons the reason why India have not been able to achieve as much as they should have in the One Day Internationals in the recent years is because they don’t have enough firepower in the “engine room”.
Putting out a tweet, Vaughan said that India have got enough time to build a middle order to ensure that they win the next ODI World Cup which will take place on their home soil, but right now, they are not where they would want to be.
India’s top three have probably been the best in the world in 50-over cricket for a long time, but they have not been to able to find the right players to replace two of their middle order stalwarts Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.
While Yuvraj has already retired from the game, Dhoni is unavailable for selection at the moment. Although the former Indian captain has not announced his retirement yet, he is not likely to continue playing for a very long time.
Currently the players that India have slotted in the middle order are touch players who rely on their ability to find the gaps, rather than trying to play the big shots. While it’s not a bad quality to have, playing the big shots is also necessary in certain situations in limited-over cricket.
While England have got the likes of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes to up the ante after the platform provided by the top order, Australia have also got Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Turner who have done the same job for them from time to time.
India, however, have struggled to have someone accelerating down the order on a consistent basis. Rishabh Pant, who has been identified as a power hitter, has been hot and cold at the international level so far.
Hardik Pandya is another player who can hit the ball a fair distance, but the 26-year old all-rounder has missed a lot of cricket in the last 12 months due to injury and disciplinary reasons.
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