Carlton Tri-series: What is Team India up to?
Perth: India has finished the Test and ODI tour of Australia winless. India was not able to bat out their allocated 50 overs in their past two completed matches. Their best two batsmen Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are struggling to score runs and players seem to be getting injured very often. India seem to crashing and the World Cup is still 14 days away.
The bearded Moeen Ali celebrates the wicket of Suresh Raina with teammate Ian Bell in Perth yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
"We want to get far away from cricket as possible," said MS Dhoni after India's loss in Perth against England. It is clear from the India's poor performance in the tri-series, led by Dhoni has been forgettable. The constant shifting of batting order according to the situation, playing two spinners on one of the fastest wickets in the world and the application from his leading batsmen are growing concerns.
If anyone needs a break, it is Virat Kohli. The right-hander has struggled to change to the ODI mode and since he has been made to bat at No 4, he has looked too eager to prove himself. Even in the must-win game against England yesterday, he danced down the wicket and played a shot that was so uncharacteristic of an ODI master.
Even the choice to promote Raina at four when an off-spinner was bowling was staggering. Then there is the bowling. India's most threatening bowler of the day, Mohit Sharma is not even in the World Cup squad. He was preferred yesterday to Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Add to it Jadeja, arguably India best fielder will not be able to patrol the vast spaces of Australian grounds because of his shoulder injury. The loss to England has just opened up all the scars in the Indian camp. Luckily for them they can just shut off and try their level best to regroup themselves ahead of the World Cup. From the evidence of yesterday's match, defending the World Cup is looking at longer odds day by day.
The number of times India end tri-series in Australia winless