India vs New Zealand: Livid Sunil Gavaskar slams India's Ranchi tactics, says Virat Kohli can't win every match
Chasing a 261-run target, India's middle-order collapsed even as the team tried tinkering with the batting order.
New Delhi: Legendary Sunil Gavaskar has come down heavily on India's batting order 'experiment' and said that Virat Kohli can't win every match for the team following the defeat to New Zealand at Ranchi on Wednesday.
India lost the fourth ODI match at skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's hometown by 19 runs. Chasing a 261-run target, India's middle-order collapsed even as the team tried tinkering with the batting order.
Dhoni once again promoted to number four and failed. But the promotion of Axar Patel, who himself fought till the end with a valiant 38 off 40 balls, failed to impress the legend.
"When Dhoni has to bat at No. 4 and there is no faith in No. 5 and 6, then India need to worry considerably. You can't depend on Virat Kohli bailing you out every time. It looks like if Virat fails the others are not being able to handle the pressure," the 67-year-old told NDTV.
Kohli failed at Ranchi. He managed 45 off 51 balls, and his failure once again proved detrimental to the team's cause.
India's two wins have come when Kohli scored. In the series opener in Dharamsala, the Test captain led the chase with a 81-ball 85 also. And at Mohali, he scored 154 off 134 balls to give India a 2-1 lead in the series.
In the second match at Delhi, Kohli made only 9 and the Kiwis won the match by 6 runs.
Dhoni broached the topic of India's "over-reliance" on Kohli, and said "It's not like that. The stats don't exactly reflect the exact scenario."
The five-match ODI series will be decided at Visakhapatnam on Saturday, with both teams levelled at 2-2 after the Ranchi match.