The incredible India collapse has baffled a lot of Indian fans. The people are questioning the use of the third power play but there is another big problem which needs to be addressed –
Finishing strongly while batting.
Here’s how India has batted in the last few overs of each match –
v Bangladesh – 39/2 in last 5 overs
v England – 46/7 in last 5 overs
v South Africa – 10/5 in last 5 overs
They need a strong finisher in the end and for that they need to bring in Raina. That’s a must where I am concerned. He is one of the best finishers in the game. Gambhir is a fine batsman actually even though he hasn’t had a great world cup so far but he doesn’t fit in the scheme of things at the moment. He has seemed undroppable after he went for 11 crores in the IPL and scored runs against New Zealand, which I don’t agree with. I have believed Raina should come in for Gambhir even before the World Cup started but now it is more clear than ever before.
What it will also do is have Yuvraj bat higher up the order. He is one of the finest batsmen in ODI cricket when in form, like at the moment, and India needs him to face more overs. He will ensure India don’t slack and has a good run rate in the middle overs as well.
(stats via help of my friend pappubahry)