India may have lost one match in the group stage of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to Sri Lanka. But even in that match, their top-order’s performance was top notch. And that was no different in the other two matches they won as well.
So the Indian middle-order so far in the tournament has not yet got enough opportunity to bat. So if law of averages comes into play in the match against Bangladesh, it won’t be much surprising if their top-order batsmen can not click against the Tigers.
But Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not bothered one bit about what may happen if the famed and in-form Indian top-order flounders in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh.
Asked if the lack of batting time for middle and lower order, after three successful league games, could pose problems, Kohli was dismissive.
“No, that’s not a concern. Obviously, as a batsman you want to finish off games, so you are not necessarily going to get out thinking my middle-order hasn’t got any game time.
“So, given an opportunity, everyone would like to finish games convincingly and, as I said everyone is batting well,” Kohli said on the eve of the match in Birmingham on Wednesday.
For the combative Indian captain, lack of batting time during matches would only spur Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav to cash in and deliver whenever they are required.
“In the practice games, everyone has got a hit, and we know Kedar and Hardik are playing really well at the moment, so we are not bothered at all. Rather they (Kedar and Hardik) are looking for an opportunity if the team is in a bit of trouble.
“I am sure those two guys are going to step up and take the team through along with Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) as well. Those guys are actually waiting for opportunities, and that’s a great mindset to have.
“They are not sitting comfortably thinking ‘oh these guys are going to do the job’. They are actually prepared if a crisis situation comes in… ‘we want to be the match winners’ (that) is the energy they are creating,” Kohli sounded confident.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com