New Delhi: India's tune-up ODI tri-series ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 proved that the defending champions preparations for the major event are certainly not on track. India looked dejected in the ODI tri-series failing to win a single match, where home side Australia and England are the other participants.
In the entire series, India failed to play as an unit as MS & Co struggled in all departments. If their bowlers found it difficult to strike at crucial junctures, then, their batsmen came out as another major disappointment.
Injury to key players is another concern for Team India before the World Cup, starting in two weeks time.
Premier Indian ODI batsmen – Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Dhoni – looked out of sorts and couldn't manage to contribute with the bat. Opener Shikhar Dhawan is still looking uncomfortable against seamers on the bouncy tracks of Australia – one of the hosts nations of the forthcoming World Cup. Whereas, in-form opener Rohit Sharma is nursing a hamstring injury, which he got during India's opening match of the series, where he scored a magnificent ton.
Indian bowling line up is looking vulnerable as well. Very much like the Test series against Australia, India bowlers looked off-colour in the crucial series. If Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav failed to impress on these tracks, then Bhuvneshwar Kumar too looked ordinary with the ball.
Ravinder Jadeja, who made a comeback in the team after recovering from an injury too looked out of touch in the final league match against England. On top of it, Ishant Sharma is still recovering from a sore hamstring.
If the warm-up series before the World Cup is any indicator of how the teams are going to perform, then world champions are in deep trouble to retain the most coveted title.