The rationale was to double the score in the final 20 overs by resorting to T20 type batting in the end. With the wicket in hand, the slog over – 40 to 50 – was about to go to hell for leather. The 2011 World Cup, which India won at home, followed a similar pattern.
Things changed after the 2015 World Cup. The flag bearer of the change was the English team. England were knocked out of the 2015 tournament in the group stage, failing to beat a single Test playing nation. This gave the English ranks a little deeper thought and they transformed their conservative approach into a radical, fearless and free-spirited style.
Under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, England brought in players who could bat with a strike rate of over 100 and move on. Emphasis was placed on getting a place in the strong group of all-rounders who were dynamic with the ball and both. This meant that England batted deep.
The results were for everyone to see. England started making more and more 350-plus totals, chasing 300-plus targets and winning the 2019 World Cup.
India is going to play the 50-over World Cup next year and the Indian ODI team is somewhat on a crossroads. The two wide defeats in the first two ODIs against South Africa are enough to prove it. It’s time to press the reset button in Team India 50-over format. One step towards that will test the strength of the bench.
Is such a dynamic batsman Ruturaj Gaekwad, Ishaan Kishan And Suryakumar Yadav Who did not get constant opportunities. In bowlers, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj And Jayant Yadav is waiting in the wings. The popular opinion is that Chahar, Siraj, Ruturaj and Suryakumar should start the South Africa series. But India went the conservative way.
It is likely that Chahar and Surya will make the Blue Dawn in the third ODI to be played in Cape Town. Face instead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been looking colorful for a long time. In his last 10 ODIs, Bhuvi has picked up 13 wickets at 36.39 with an economy rate of 5.69 and a strike rate of 38.3.
Suryakumar can be given a chance for either Shreyas or Venkatesh. Suryakumar has impressed everyone with his limited opportunities to wear the India cap. In three ODIs, he has scored 124 runs at an average of 62 and a strike rate of 122.77. Also, in T20I, he has scored 244 runs in 9 innings with an average of 34.85 and a strike rate of 155.41.
Cape Town ODI may be a dead rubber, but for many on the Indian side it is important in terms of their international careers.