World Twenty20: Indian batting-line up still to be tested

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:21

Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai

Dhaka: So far India have performed well above expectations of many in the World Twenty20. They have won their first two matches against bitter-rivals Pakistan and reigning champions West Indies.

In both occasions, Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first. Indian bowlers, especially tweakers, bowled outstandingly well and restricted the opposition within 130 runs. And as a result of that, Indian batting line up – which is their stronger area, haven`t really tested, as India chased down the paltry totals quite comfortably.

The only worrying sign that came out is the form of their swashbuckling left-hander Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj flopped badly in both the outings. The southpaw made one and ten respectively and was totally off-colour. His confidence has certainly gone for a toss as he also missed a couple of catches, which should have been taken by his standards. If India need to win this coveted title for the second time, they would require some blistering knocks from Yuvraj.

One of the best finishers in the limited overs, MS Dhoni, haven`t got a chance to bat so far. And like Dhoni, Ravinder Jadeja and R Ashwin are also waiting for their turns to bat. Though, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are in decent forms, lower-middle order haven`t faced a ball yet.

Dhoni is well aware of this fact. “We are playing well, so it doesn`t really matter to me that all of us should get a chance, our bowling has been tested while batting not so far. Hopefully, in the coming matches the other batsmen will get a chance,” said Dhoni, after beating West Indies in their second game.



First Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 00:38

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