Numbers Don't Lie January 25, 2016

India's missing final thrust

Their strong batting line-up has, surprisingly, fallen short in accelerating in the last 10 overs when batting first in ODIs

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Although India's batting line-up produced strong performances in Australia during the ODI series*, they have struggled on one front, and it has been a problem over the last two years. While setting targets, India haven't matched other international teams in making the most of the final 10 overs.

  • India's run rate of 8.33 in the last 10 overs while batting first since January 2014 (when five or fewer wickets down) is the fourth worst among major international teams
  • India's Nos. 5, 6 and 7 average 16.91 when coming in to bat after the 40th over since 2014. Only West Indies are worse
  • Captain MS Dhoni has been dismissed seven times in 75 balls when coming in to bat after the 40th over since 2014

*stats updated till the fourth ODI in Canberra

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • unkown on February 2, 2016, 12:11 GMT

    All players who played the T20 series should be selected. Added to them should be MISHRA as he can be a match winner and provides that wicket taking ability. Also Nathu Singh seems an outstanding propect and should be selected ahead of the likes of Ishant Sharma if for nothing else but some experience!!

  • SK on February 1, 2016, 2:55 GMT

    Problem we have is the tail which prompts the team mgmt. to caution the top order a bit cautious about losing their wkt. this plan has been backfiring. Look at the pattern - even if we are at a run rate of 6 at 20 overs, we still at the same RR, at the end of 40, with the lose of 2 or 3 wkts, which is where we lose. Dhoni s poor form and jadeja s inconsistency has added to this problem. There were times when yuvi, kaif, Dhoni wud capitalize on good starts, but of late we have no one to do that, which prompt the detractors to say top order play for their own record. after 40 ovrs, if we r 200 to 220 for 2 or 3 wkts, we should end up around 330 to 350, which is not happening. Unless we sort out this, we r going nowhere. While chasing, this becomes an ever bigger problem. Both situations were on show in the recently concluded ODI series. Hardik pandya, if groomed properly cud fill this void, like our old robin singh.

  •   Hemal Shah on January 30, 2016, 20:24 GMT

    1. Sharma 2. Dhawan 3.Kohli 4. Raina 5. Dhoni (Attack in middle overs with only 4 fielders )6. Yuvraj/ Pandey/ 7.Irfan Pathan (all rounder) 8.Jadeja 9. Ashwin 10 &11. Yadav/Sharma / Bumrah/ Kumar/Shami

    6 batsman, 4 allrounders (irfan, yuvraj, Jadeja n aswin) 6 bowlers + Raina. Its a simple recipe. Jadeja is a hopeless batsman n bats too high up for international standard. Drop him down n get Irfan or similar allrounder in .Dhoni is right. We are missing a key allrounder n Pathan can bat n bowl ... not even sure why he was dropped in the first place.

  • Ashok on January 30, 2016, 16:51 GMT

    Mr. Rajesh, If I had the choice, I would have substituted the ODI XI with the present winning T20 with Nehra replaced & one more bat added. They are the best fit for ODI as well. It has the best top 3 batting, power hitting all rounders + the bowling + fielding & catching. This would have saved lot of unnecessary losses to a weak Aussie ODI team. India played well enough to win even with their ODI team but were missing at least one power hitting bat + a pace bowler like Bumrah. Also they had too many weak fielders like Ishant & Yadav to hide. Raina would have saved at least 25 runs/match in fielding alone + taken some of the many dropped catches. This would have also masked the Umpiring decisions that went against India!

  • B. on January 30, 2016, 15:51 GMT

    Indian top order is doing well. 2-4 years back we had pretty inform middle order to take advantage in the likes of Dhoni, Yuvraj and Raina. Looks like both Dhoni and Raina is out of form and India havent found any hard hitting allrounders. They may be still hoping Jadeja steps up to that role (in batting, his bowling and fielding is pretty good in most grounds) and probably one of Pandya, Gurkeerat or a new find puts up their hand. Till then I think the struggle will continue if the pitch does not assist spin. On a pitch assisting bit of spin India's bowling attack is possibly the best in the world in ODIs

  • Gopal on January 28, 2016, 7:12 GMT

    The Rule is simple, if the pitch is good for batting(captain should judge), the one of the two openers should go bang from the beginning(Sachin/swhwag/ganguli or like jayasurya/kaluv/greatbatch/maccullam). In our case both of them want to play long so even if they play 40 overs and score 250 odd, rest of the batsmen has only 10 overs. Look at the way Virat plays, he accelerates his innings from 5o onwards, where as rohit/dhavan do it after thhey reach 100. Sehwag was rocking because he used to dominate in the beginning itself, so by 30-35 u r already 240 and he is gone.

  • Abhi on January 27, 2016, 6:14 GMT

    The problem with dhoni is that he go for hitting his shots only in the last over. Even if he come at crease in 40th over he will go slow with 55-60 strike rate untill 48-49th over and then slog in final over. With this go slow approach he lost more matches then he won. dhoni the finisher is bit exaggerated.

  • TR on January 26, 2016, 22:49 GMT

    If Manish Pandey opens in place of SDhawan that would get a better fielder & batter in. If also Raina and Yuvi come in (hope they have form) these problems will be solved. I dont think Rahane should be used in ODIs though he can be there as reserve since he is another terrific fielder. Rahane, Pujara, MVijay should be reserved for test specialists. In the near future if Dhoni retires Saha/Sanju Samson/NOhja are all good hitters though not as good as Dhoni. So this problem is temporary.

  • Ramesh on January 26, 2016, 5:03 GMT

    It's time to try Pawan Negi as number 6/7. This guy packs a wallop and I've been seriously impressed with his recent domestic form. I've seen games where everybody else seems to struggle on the pitch but he's able to score boundaries pretty much at will.

  •   Arjun Calidas on January 26, 2016, 2:02 GMT

    I read this article about Indian players not being selfish.. I'm not saying they're selfish or anything, but why should Rohit Sharma only open?? Why can't he bat at 5? That way India will have a finisher.. He is the only batsman capable of accelerating the innings at will.. His 170s and 200s are of no use if India reach only 300 in the end.. His 70 of 30 or 80 of 40 at the end could be the difference.. Kohli and Dhawan with Rahane and Pandey at the top.. Rohit at 5 and Jadeja at 6.. MSD at 7 and Ashwin at 8 followed by your 4 other bowlers..

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