After a shocking defeat in the opening match; the world number one India would need to plug their loopholes in the coming match against New Zealand in the second one day at Hamilton on Wednesday.
India’s bowling also has to be sharper in the coming matches, Ishant Sharma’s pace and Ashwin’s spin not doing much on the overseas turf. Team management will have to consider changed in the bowling order.
The chase of 293 at Napier in the opening match appeared on track initially but with the collapse of the middle-order the victory was served to world number 8, team. This exposed over-reliance on Virat Kohli and failure of the openers Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to give a start expected from them.
We would expect to see better contribution from Virat and others, It’s no secret the team’s winning is heavily dependent on Virat. Out of 46 times he scored a half-century or more India finished with a victory in 32 matches.
This increasing dependency of the batting order on Virat Kohli is serious worry that the team management has to look into with the World Cup just a year away.
With the past track record we can see that the batting order has the ability to score good runs irrespective of odd conditions favouring the bowlers. It’s a wake up time for the batting order to show what they have in them.
This is where the problem gets compounded since the number four and five batsmen haven`t really contributed much to the Indian cause.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was vocal about this aspect after defeat in the first ODI on this tour, blaming the middle order for "inconsistency" and affecting the lower middle order`s ability to chase down targets.
For quite some time the Indian team management was been worrying about the bowling order. But the reality currently is the need of batsmen who perform.