The recent ODI series loss against Australia is a big wake-up call for the Men in Blue. Going 2-0 up and then conceding the series 2-3 will surely dent the team’s confidence. They made a few experiments but that shouldn’t be an excuse for the series loss.
In the series decider in Delhi, India failed to chase down a modest total of 273. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 143 in the fourth ODI, failed as he scored just 12. The other players also threw their starts away.
Being reduced to 132 for 6, India looked set to be bowled out under 200. But a 91-run partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar revived the team’s hopes. However they departed on consecutive deliveries and India eventually were all out for 237.
The team received heavy criticism after the loss. Among the players especially youngster Rishabh Pant found himself in the line of fire. He was given a chance in this series and a good performance would have sealed his World Cup spot.
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But the 21-year-old failed miserably and his World Cup chances now look slim. He didn’t play the first three games and was then given an opportunity for the last couple of matches. In the first game he scored 36 off 24 with the bat.
But unfortunately he failed miserably behind the stumps. He missed two stumping chances of Ashton Turner when he was on 38 and 41. This eventually cost India the game. In the fifth ODI he was promoted to number four when he scored just 16.
Meanwhile fans on Twitter have expressed their desire to see Dinesh Karthik return to the team. Despite his impressive performance over the last year, Karthik was dropped in the series. Now fans want him to return as he is a better option at the moment than Rishabh Pant.