While playing under green conditions, it is the openers who need to show some resilience in facing the new ball, so as to make batting easier for the batsman to follow. The Indian team has a relatively inexperienced openers in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who has not been tested under the green tops on many occasions. During India's last tour of South Africa, both the openers failed to impress with a opening stand of only 14 and 10 runs in the first and the second ODI respectively. This was also one of the main reasons for India's failure in the ODI series.
Gaekwad added,''The Indian openers need to stay on the crease and grind together. The job of the Indian openers would be to provide a platform for the middle order. A good start is a work half done.'' Players such as MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina should not be exposed to the new ball, for they can take the leather of the ball in the middle overs. With so many quality batsmen in the Indian line up, each one of them need to take responsibility and help India win the series.
The Indian team is no longer a one man team, which was a story during the late 90s, when India's success was largely dependent on Tendulkar's success in the match. The youngsters in the team are also challenging for spot in the starting eleven. One of the obvious candidate being Pujara, who has been scoring consistently in the longer format of the game.
''Everyone is playing well. The youngsters have also proved themselves. It is a team game, not an individual game,'' said Gaekwad. If all the players get their act together, India could easily turn victorious.
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