India look good to continue their domination

Posted: October 19, 2011 by The CouchExpert in Cricket, England in India 2011

Srikrishnan Chandrasekaran

India has sprinted way ahead of England in first two ODIs without giving the opposition a single chance to come back in both the matches. India outplayed England in all departments and England’s fast bowling lacks experience to bowl on Indian conditions.

Two crushing wins have prompted Indian selectors in keeping the same squad for rest of the games. It is really great to see the youngsters carrying the responsibility and taking India home. A disciplined performance all round by team India so far in the series. India can not only win this series but can send message to rest of the cricket world if they can continue the discipline on the upcoming matches.

Kohli and Gambhir will look to carry their rich form into the remaining games in the series

England’s batting looks incapable of making the most of batting friendly pitches. Some of their batsmen got off to a starts but couldn’t capitalize and make big scores. We saw improvement from their middle order batsmen during 2nd ODI in preventing the Indian spinners to run through them, but again, it wasn’t enough to put a decent total.

Also, they are really missing the experience of Anderson and Broad in Indian conditions. The bowlers lack discipline and are unable to adapt to batsmen friendly conditions. England should be looking to make a change in their batting line up for the rest of series by bringing the experience Ian Bell to the side. But in whose expense is a million dollar question. They also need to work up on their fielding along with batting and bowling.

Indian batsmen and bowlers have so far looked completely in control. The way India played first 2 ODI will force England to think on their tactics. The bowling has improved a lot and young talent really bringing the team India to a new state. Dhoni and Raina played telling innings in the first ODI. Kohli and Gambhir played a aggressively to take India home in Delhi. Kohli has been very impressive in the last 2 years and the way he pace his innings shows how good he is in this format. Once he reach a score of 30-plus, the way he transform his innings into a substantial score is masterful.

A very impressive start by the Indian bowlers in this series and they haven’t given much opportunity for the opposition to play their natural game. Umesh and Vinay have shown how to bowl in these conditions. Team India needs to focus on their bowling to ensure complete discipline without giving extra deliveries to the opposition. England will come back strongly and try to give a fight in the series. India needs to continue their calmness on the field and make it a big series win.

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