The Indian batsmen are really struggling of late. There is no such opening combination or even a one down batsman who is getting runs for India. Yes, there is Virat Kohli to come at number three. However, for the past some matches, he is not really performing to his abilities. He was in a cracking form of his career last season. However, he needs to be a bit more mature and trim down the aggression on some occasions.
But the main concern remains at the opening combination. Virender Sehwag is okay with his destructive batting. But Gautam Gambhir needs to beserious - as his name suggests. There should be someone at the top who will be not only dependable, but also will be aggressive when it comes to scoring runs. The lack of Tendulkar will certainly be felt as India are playing their first ever match without the Master on an official retirement note from the batsman.
There needs to be players who will step up to the situation. It will be no use depending on only a few selected players to perform. It is extremely sad to mention that the Indian batsmen are not scoring runs andthe bowlers are not taking wickets. If the people in the team are not performing their duties, then expecting a win would not be too fair.
When there were the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Ganguly apart from Laxman, India was indeed a strong batting line up. But with the absence of all the great players, it should be said that India remains a strong batting team only on paper. But let us also not forget that there are players like Ajiknya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina – Dhoni included - in the team that still have the ability to prove to the world that India is still a strong batting team.
Whenever I say this, I recall the Australian team. Under Ponting they were unbeatable in the world. There were players like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, etc. I think they were the mainstay of the Aussie side. Look what happened when they retired. They lost both their ODI and Test rankings and were not looking any formidable at all.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2012