Home > Features >

India still in a position to succeed against England in ODIs

Indian skipper MS Dhoni averages 48.57 in ODIs played overseas compared to his career average of 53.28 © Getty Images (File Photo)
Indian skipper MS Dhoni averages 48.57 in ODIs played overseas compared to his career average of 53.28 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Going in to a One-Day International (ODI) series after getting thrashed in the Tests prior to it is extremely tough for any team. But Abhijit Banare argues that India still can spring up a surprise.

The reactions to the Indian cricket team dismal performances in the Tests and the sense of scepticism surrounding it is similar, if not as much, to what England were eight months ago. While everyone called for Alastair Cook’s head after the Ashes whitewash, finding supporters of MS Dhoni’s captaincy is also like searching needle in a haystack these days. Under normal circumstances, any team heading in to an ODI series after such a loss would be low on confidence. It would be no different for the Indian team. Yet somewhere down the line, they’ll be aware that this will their best chance to regain the lost pride.

Pitch conditions: After a barrage of criticism from all sides, the Indian team would be delighted to read a tweet from David Lloyd which hinted that the pitch for the first two ODIs could be a flat deck and on the slower side, typical of the conditions in the subcontinent.

Captaincy?: When Dhoni comes out to bat in Tests, there’s an uneasy feeling that a wicket is round the corner. The tables turn when he’s out to bat in ODIs. And predictably, it reflects in his captaincy as well. While he continues to be reactive more often, he keeps his patience and the ‘cool-as-a-cucumber’ approach which has worked well in limited overs where the pressure is of a different nature than the Tests. Dhoni averages 48.57 in ODI’s overseas compared to his overall average of 53.28. Though his average in England is 37.36, Dhoni is a different batsman altogether in the limited-overs format. His technique no longer becomes an issue and his ability to steer the innings is laudable.

Cause of worry: If there’s anything to truly worry about, it’s the batsmen. Four of the certainties in the batting have been mauled in the Tests. While Ajinkya Rahane and Dhoni seem to be doing well, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have to put the hard yards. Technically exposed by James Anderson in Tests, India will be in a risk of falling two down early if they don’t find their form in limited overs. Anderson loves to have a crack at left-handers and with Dhawan still tentative, things could get worse. However, they’ve the option of inserting a young Sanju Samson in. On their last tour, it was Rahane who made a mark with a few fluent innings and this series could just see the start of a new career.

Indian pacers: For a long time now, a weak Indian pace attack has been blamed for India’s losses. Yet the current form suggests it’s the bowling which can bail them out. A certain Bhuvneshwar Kumar has showed the character to fight it out when those around him faltered. Varun Aaron has provided a fresh feel to the pace since Mohammed Shami‘s erratic show. And when it comes to limited overs, it’s no secret as to who Dhoni’s trusted lieutenants are. The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja will be a completely different picture than in Tests. And finally, there’s a certain Umesh Yadav who has forced his way back into the opposition. With the pace of Aaron, Yadav and swing of Bhuvneshwar, India have the ammunition in the bowling.

India’s recent overseas ODI results haven’t been impressive either. They failed to win anything in South Africa and New Zealand. There is every reason for the Indian fan to doubt India’s fortunes in the days to come. But unlike many Test debacles where India have looked clueless afterwards, Dhoni and co. have fought back well when the wind is blowing against them in limited overs.

Complete coverage of India’s tour of England 2014

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

Amla feels Proteas more acclimatised to conditions

Live Cricket Score Duleep Trophy Central Zone vs North Zone, semi-final at Mohali Day 4: Naman Ojha out for 40

Live Cricket Score Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 4: Pakistan are 116/1 at lunch

Live Cricket Score Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test Day 1 at Mirpur: Zimbabwe lose Sibanda in first over

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Zimbabwe 179/5 against Bangladesh at Tea, Day 1

West Indies team’s decision to abandon tour needs explanation: Daren Ganga

Pakistan take 267-run lead against Australia at lunch on Day 4 of 1st Test

New Zealand vs South Africa 2014: Dale Steyn senses fear among South Africa batsmen despite good show

Marlon Samuels opts out as players retain lawyers for battle ahead

Strangers, Brothers and Cricket— the English novelist CP Snow’s lasting passion for the game

World Cup 1992, England vs Pakistan: Three hours of rain changes course of tournament

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Pakistan’s apex court admits plea against 2013 polls

OMG! What was Anushka Sharma doing with Virat Kohli at a hospital?

Writing about Clean India a service to nation: Narendra Modi

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

NGOs pursue education for all

Developers of ‘Room’ app claim Facebook copied their idea, may pursue legal action

Sundar Pichai gets elevated, will reportedly oversee most Google products

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Nwe Zealand vs South Africa 2014: Dale Steyn senses fear among South Africa batsmen despite good show

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here