When a team struggles like India has been doing over the last two seasons, it is very easy to get excited by a comprehensive win like the one India registered against England at Kochi in the second ODI.
A number seven batsman in a line-up plays a crucial role since he has the responsibility of scoring quick runs towards the end of the innings. Inevitably, he is also expected to pick up a couple of wickets.
Team India bounced back in style against England with a comprehensive 127-run in the Second ODI at Kochi this evening. Skipper MS Dhoni led from the front and Ravindra Jadeja put in a career best all-round show to help the hosts level the 5-match series 1-1.
The opening ODI at Rajkot was a case of so near yet so for the Indians. They had their opportunities in the game, and had they taken the same, the result of the match could well have been different. The important aspect for the Indians though is to learn from their mistakes at Rajkot when they head into the Kochi ODI on Tuesday.
First it was Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann then Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez and now James Tredwell. Indian batsmen are traditionally known to be great players of spin, who even gave the great Sharne Warne a harrowing time when the leggie was at his peak.
For a bowler who is now in his sixth year of international cricket, Ishant Sharma’s constant failure to deliver in the death overs is rather strange. His overall ODI figures are pretty good --71 scalps in 51 matches at an average of under 32.