New Delhi: Backbone of Indian batting line-up, Virat Kohli and compact top-order batsman in Ajinkya Rahane are struggling to convert their starts into big knocks in the on-going ICC World Cup. Kohli did scored a ton in the opening match against arch-rivals Pakistan, since then he couldn't even manage to reach the fifty-run mark in the following six matches.
In most of the matches, he crossed the 30-run mark and looked solid in the middle, but flopped each time trying to convert the starts. So far the number three batsman has scored 107, 46, 33*, 33, 44*, 38, 3, respectively. In the quarter-final against Bangladesh, he played a rash shot to throw away his wicket, which was not expected from a batsman of his stature.
On the other hand, Rahane too looked solid whenever he came to bat. Though in the first match against Pakistan, he got out for a three-ball duck, in the next match, he played a splendid knock of 79 against South Africa. But in the next four innings, he added only 85 runs.
Here, if Team India are to beat Australia or for that matter, retain their world champions tag these two batsmen have to play a crucial role in the forthcoming matches.
Kohli is a big match player and MS Dhoni would expect him to do what he does best against the Aussies. And for Rahane, it's more about little more application.