Four reasons why India went for plenty of runs in first two ODIs
India off to a terrible start for their long tour to Australia. Australia have clinched the series by outsmarting India in the first two ODIs which were played in Sydney Cricket Ground. The two games were tough ones for the Indian bowling attack.
In both games, the pattern was similar. Australia put big scores on the scoreboard after electing to bat first. SCG has become a regular batting first wicket in recent times. In the last seven ODIs, the patterns were similar. But going for more than 370 runs in back to back games is a thing to worry about for India. Let’s look at the four reasons which may be causes for India’s poor bowling display in the first two ODIs.
1.Poor bowling in mandatory powerplay
India didn’t bowl well in the mandatory powerplays in both games. Both the Aussie openers dominated the Indian bowlers in both games. There hadn’t much trouble created by Indian bowlers in the first ten overs. India’s bowling average during a mandatory powerplay in recent times in 51.52. They went wicketless for 15 innings in the last two years.
The story was the same for men in blue when they toured New Zealand earlier this year. The current combination of bowlers seems to have the problem. Definitely, India are missing the services of someone like Bhuvneshwar Kumar who can swing the ball naturally with the new ball.
Navdeep Saini was not impressive in both games. This added more pressure on Bumrah and Shami. All three pacers were hitting the deck hard without much movement in the air. In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, someone like Deepak Chahar or Sandeep Sharma who have natural movement with the ball can be a remedy for India’s poor powerplay records in recent times.