New Delhi, India’s journey in the 50-over format has come to an end in January with the last match of the ODI series played in Indore. Now it is the turn of the three-match T20 series against New Zealand. This is the year of the World Cup. In the month of October, Rohit Sharma and Co. have to enter this Mahakumbh of cricket in the format of 50 overs on Indian soil. Hitman has proved to be the first step in this direction. First Sri Lanka and now New Zealand team has been cleaned up by India at their home.
More than 349 runs 5 times in 5 matches
If we look at the performance of Team India so far this year, then it would not be wrong to say that India has become the new master of setting the target in the match. If we look at the last five matches batting first, Team India has scored 349 or more runs in all. Once Rohit’s team was also successful in scoring more than 400 runs. India’s team got victory in all these matches.
Batters also showed strength
In these five matches, the bats of the top-4 batters of the Indian team spoke fiercely. While setting the target from India, it took a total of eight centuries in 5 matches. Out of these, three centuries each came from the bat of Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill. Rohit Sharma and Ishaan Kishan also scored a century each. India won all the six matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
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How will Rohit be able to overcome the challenge of Runchage?
Talking about run chase, the condition of Team India does not look so good at the moment. In the six matches played against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the Indian team got a chance to run chase only twice. Kiwis did not show such a big target that India could not get any challenge. During the run chase against Sri Lanka, India’s pole was exposed. In the Kolkata ODI, India got a challenge of 216 runs. In response, India lost its four wickets for 64 runs.
KL Rahul, who came for batting at number-5, took the lead from here. Wickets kept falling from the other end. By playing an unbeaten inning of 64 runs, he somehow gave India victory in front of a small target of 216 runs. Here the question arises that if India has to chase a big target of 300 in the future, will Rohit Sharma and Co. disintegrate under its pressure or will it face it firmly till the end.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 25, 2023, 18:51 IST