The wakeup alarm for Indian cricket team is ringing very loudly in Australia just before the starting of 2015 cricket world cup next month. Indian batsmen surrendered against England bowling in the Gabba ODI match played today. Whole Indian team got all-out on just 153 runs in 39.3 overs. This collapse caused the game and India lost third One-Day of Carlton mid odi series 2014-15 by 9 wickets.
Indian team lost their opening match of tri-series against Australia as well on 18 January, 2015. By losing this game Indian team is now on back foot in the triangular series as they are at the bottom of points table and if India wants to play final of the series they need to win rest two games by big margins.
Nothing went in the favor of India except the toss. MS Dhoni won toss and chose to bat first on the bouncy track of Gabba pitch in Brisbane. As usual Indian team didn’t get good start and so called opener Shikhar Dhawan returned to pavilion by scoring just a single. He is failing continuously to give good start but it seems like Dhoni and team management are in love with Dhawan. They don’t to drop him and gave chance to others.
Today Rahane came to open with Dhawan as Rohit was injured. Ajinkya Rahane took time with Rayudu to settle down at the Gabba. Ambati Rayudu was playing this game at the place of Ravichandran Ashwin. Both batsmen were batting sensibly and took India’s total past 50 in 12.5 overs. Rahane was looking in hurry and he threw his wicket to Steven Finn. Rahane made 33.
After Rahane’s wicket India lost 3 quick wickets in 10 runs difference as Kohli, Raina and Rayudu were looking to give English fielders catch practice session before world cup begins. All these players threw their wickets and left India at the struggling stage. India was now 67/5 in 19 overs. MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny were on the crease and building Indian innings.
Both batsmen added 60 runs in the useful partnership to take India around 150. India lost 6th wicket on 137 in the form of Dhoni and last 4 wickets fall down on just 16 runs difference. England chased down this total in 27.3 overs by losing just one wicket. Ian Bell remained not out on 88 whereas James Taylor returned pavilion on 56 runs. Steven Finn was declared man of the match for his five wickets.
This is a big blow for Indian cricket team ahead of world cup preparations and team needs to come back strongly. Batsmen need to understand their responsibility and play according to the situations. There is question mark on Dhoni’s strategy as well as when you are defending a total of 153 you need to use your best bowlers at the front but he didn’t do it and give bowl to Binny.
Team management has got wakeup alarm before 2015 world cup so that they can make the things right to get back India on the track. India to take on Australia in their next match of series on 26 January at Sydney.