India’s middle-order batsmen missed a terrific opportunity in Hamilton: Sunil Gavakar

first_imgBrief scores – New Zealand (93/2) beat India (92) by 8 wickets. Taylor (37*), Nicholls (30*), Bhuvneshwar (2/25). Full ScorecardSunil Gavaskar said he was not too worried about India’s crushing defeat to New Zealand in the fourth ODI but added it was an opportunity missed for the middle-order batsmen to stand up and deliver after a rare failure for the openers. In the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested, it was an opportunity for Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav to show they could win matches on their own.India have been overtly dependent on the top three – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohlin in ODIs over the last couple of years. There has been some concern over the middle-order but with the World Cup approaching, the focus has shifted to Jadhav, Rayudu and Karthik to fill in the void. Instead, a collective failure meant India were bowled out for 92 – their seventh lowest total in ODIs.On Thursday, the Indian batting line-up imploded against Trent Boult who got the ball to swing in Hamilton. Dhawan and Rohit Sharma fell within two runs of each other as India slipped to 23 for 2 off 8 overs. With Virat Kohli away on a vacation, debutant Shubman Gill batted at No.3 and lasted for 21 balls to score 9.The more seasoned Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik fell for ducks in the 11th over while Kedar Jadhav got out after scoring one.”Big time opportunity missed for Kedar Jadhav and even for someone like Shubman Gill – a newcomer batting at three. Opportunity missed as once the openers have been dismissed early, it gives you forty odd minutes to play. Sometimes you come in with the opener and Virat Kohli is batting with 30-40 overs and what chance do you get to a big total for yourself and the team.advertisement”You get what… 10 overs, 15 overs. But in a situation like this, when both the openers are back in the pavilion within the first 10 overs, it was a terrific opportunity for all these guys. They missed out,” Gavaskar told India Today.Rayudu, specially, would rue his dismissal. Even before getting off the mark, he flashed hard at a Colin de Grandhomme delivery; Rayudu hit it straight to Martin Guptill who took a sharp catch at short cover. Gavaskar said Rayudu should have shown more patience. “That is probably his (Rayudu) preferred option of tackling a situation. It didn’t work. There was a lot of overs to go. There was almost 40 overs to go. With the two-most experienced batsmen back in the pavilion, may he as senior player should have showed a little more patience.”Sunil Gavaskar was however impressed with the way 19-year-old Gill batted in difficult conditions on debut. “Even for the time Gill was there, he showed that he had the ability to play. Anybody can get out when the ball is moving around but he stuck around for a bit. Yes he was probably a bit disturbed by that blow on the helmet, but that can happen. I think he is too good a player that we must not be thinking in terms of dropping him straight away. We should be giving him a few more opportunities.”Gavaskar said days like this could happen to any team and there was no need to be too worried. “I think this just one of those days that can happen to any team. You can have a bad day at the office and that is exactly what happened today to this Indian team. I don’t think I will be overly worried about what happened today.”Also Read | Shubman Gill was nervous on debut but he has a future with India: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma on 4th ODI defeat: One of our worst batting performances in a long timeAlso Read | India don’t want to be dependent on Virat Kohli all the time: Bhuvneshwar Kumarlast_img

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