(ICT) The Indian team got clean swept in the ODI series by losing the third and the final ODI of the series by 4 runs, for India Shikhar Dhawan,
Virat Kohli and Deepak Chahar scored half-centuries, but their efforts were just not enough to take India over the line, with this India’s sad tour of South Africa coming to an end.
If we talk about India’s tour apart from the first test, the Indian batting lineup has not been up to the mark, especially the middle order. in the test, India’s middle-order is full of experienced players like Pujara, Rahane, and Kohli, but still, India wasn’t able to put any kind
of fight against South Africa’s bowler and as a result, India lost 2nd and 3rd match of the series. the same thing continued in the ODI series as well, in the first ODI Dhawan and Kohli made half-centuries and steadied India’s innings but as
soon as both of them walked back to the pavilion none of the Indian batters was able to take the team over South Africa’s score, resulting in India losing the first ODI by a margin of 31 runs.
In the second ODI, it was Rahul and Pant who carried the Indian batting lineup till 31st over and as soon as Rahul got, the Indian middle-order gave up the fight, in the lower middle-order Shardul Thakur made 40 runs off 38 balls and took the team to the respectable total of 287 runs.
the same story continued in the 3rd ODI Dhawan, Virat scored half-centuries but middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar were unable to
turn their starts into a big inning. Deepak Chahar scored 54 off 34 balls but he was not able to take the team to the winning target.
A Long Going Problem
India’s middle-order problem isn’t new the Indian team is still looking for their 4,5,6 number batters and they have tried many batsmen
over the years but none of them were able to put the performance as the team wanted them to.