India needs to register a win in their third ODI encounter against New Zealand today at Auckland, after losing to black caps in the first two ODIs, as a result of which they also lost their no.1 ranking. The Indian team has not been in the best of form of late, as they lost their previous ODI series against the Proteas as well.
Once again, India
will pin their hopes on the dashing Delhi
batsman, Virat Kohli to come up with a performance, which would help India
win the match. But, inspite of Kohli's heroics in both the innings, India
has not been able to defeat the kiwis, which shows that the other players are not making a good enough contribution. Virat Kohli scored 123 runs and 78 runs in the first and second ODI respectively.
One look at India's batting scorecard does not reflect a very sorry state, but what worries Indian fans is the starts, which the players have not been able to convert into big scores. Most of their batsmen have been dismissed in their 30s and 40s.
But to bring out some positives from the previous two encounters, India did not win either of their matches easily. New Zealand defeated India by 24 runs and 15 runs in the first and second ODI respectively. Had the Indian batsmen put up a braver face in the second ODI, they could have won the game and levelled the series.
On the bowling front, India Mohammed Shami has been the pick of the bowlers claiming seven wickets in the previous two ODIs, but has not been ably supported by the rest of the Indian bowlers. Ishant Sharma and Bhuvnesh Kumar have only picked up four wickets between them in the series.
With cricket being a team game, one cannot depend on Kohli alone in the batting department and Shami in the bowling department to deliver, for they might also have an off-day. Players such as Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Raina need to show their class today, for their failure might mean, yet another series loss abroad.