Failure of all-rounders hurting India

Failure of all-rounders hurting India

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By Rajdeep Saha
India’s ODI series debacle against Bangladesh depicts lack of match winners who can shine with both bat and ball. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side is either too dependent on top order batsmen or bowlers to deliver the goods when required. In the middle it is the lack of genuine all-rounders that are hurting India.New Delhi: India’s ODI series debacle against Bangladesh depicts lack of match winners who can shine with both bat and ball. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side is either too dependent on top order batsmen or bowlers to deliver the goods when required. In the middle it is the lack of genuine all-rounders that are hurting India.
Three players have been selected in the Indian squad who can chip in with the ball and contribute with bat too. Sadly, the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel haven’t delivered in the ODI format off late. Stuart Binny is hardly used and the void left in that position makes the team lack support in order to win games for any side.
The continuous persistence of sticking with Ravindra Jadeja shows a sorry state of affair with the player failing to contribute with the bat. Jadeja’s last good innings in ODIs was way back in September 2014 and since then he has struggled. Even in the bowling department Jadeja’s contribution has hit a low.
Axar Patel who was drafted into the Indian side because of a good outing in the Indian Premier League in 2014, looks he isn’t ready for international cricket yet. Axar has got just 17 wickets in 14 ODI matches and his average with the bat is a shabby 6.83.
Stuart Binny deserves to get a look in and be given more chances, but sadly this isn’t the scenario.
There are several young players who have done exceptionally well in the Ranji campaign and they deserve to get a look in.
Players with potential to shine in both departments need to be groomed and given an outing. It’s high time both Jadeja and Patel to go back to domestic level and perform well.
The likes of Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand can boast of good all-rounders who can win matches on their own and offer balance in the side. India need a genuine all-rounder and if there isn’t any, a proper batsman or bowler in that role could do them justice. – Zee News

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