South Africa v India, ODI: Dhoni, Rohit Sharma & Pandya trouble Kris Srikkanth

South Africa v India: Dhoni, Rohit Sharma & Pandya trouble Kris Srikkanth
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Former India captain Kris Srikkanth is apparently worried about India batsmen – Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya – and their ability to finish off India’s innings with style and impact. Srikkanth’s words of caution came after India lost the rain-hit 4th ODI against South Africa.

Following a century by opener Shikhar Dhawan and a fluent 73 from India captain Virat Kohli, Indian batsmen struggled to build on the head start, as India went from 206/3 to 262/6.

Eventually, the difficult task of crossing the 300-mark came down to MS Dhoni’s shoulders, who scored 42 off 43 balls, with three fours and a six, to end up a little short, but helping India to close their innings on 289/7.

Srikkanth can only see Virat Kohli in India’s batting line-up

Former India captain and cricket veteran Kris Srikkanth wrote in his column for TOI,

“This series has so far been all about Virat Kohli and one significant partnership with him in the middle (last three with Dhawan). Once you take those numbers out, there is little else to show. Constant chopping and changing of personnel and the batting order is not helping the team’s cause either. Dhoni failed to accelerate as he has in the recent past. The former captain and Hardik Pandya could not have hoped for a more solid platform to launch an attack and get India to a massive score.”

Rohit Sharma’s poor form, Dhoni’s strike rate & Pandya’s consistency – the three cornerstones for India troubles, according to Kris Srikkanth

According to Srikkanth, the major worries for India were Rohit Sharma’s poor form, Dhoni’s strike rate and Pandya’s consistency. In three innings so far, Dhoni has scores of 4*, 10, and 42*, while Pandya has made 3*, 14, and 9. Rohit Sharma, after a poor Test series, has managed innings of 20, 15, 0 and 5 – three times falling to Kagiso Rabada, until he took a 360 degree turn in the 5th ODI against South Africa, scoring an excellent century.
Kris Srikkanth, who has captained the Indian cricket team in four Test matches and 13 ODIs, further wrote in his column,

“Going into the fifth game, I can only hope this is a temporary setback for the visitors. The form of Rohit Sharma is a big concern and so is the strike rate and consistency of Dhoni and Pandya. Rohit is too good a player in this format to be missing out, especially in proper batting conditions. The batting unit has to click collectively for the team to be ruthless. I am confident of the bowlers coming back strongly. In an ideal scenario, the series should not be allowed to slip into the final ODI.”

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