Ravichandran Ashwin's (above) assault inspired India to fight back in the third ODI and Ravindra Jadeja nearly took India home © Getty Images
Ravichandran Ashwin’s (above) assault inspired India to fight back in the third ODI and Ravindra Jadeja nearly took India home © Getty Images

 

Jan 27, 2014

 

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has said that India’s batting line-up is being put under enormous pressure as they have been made to chase big totals regularly. In the ongoing series against New Zealand, India have opted to field first on all three occasions and haven’t yet managed to seal a victory despite their good record in recent times

 

Gavaskar told NDTV, “The Indian openers are under the pressure of playing their shots too early because of the number of runs they are chasing. They don’t have the luxury of playing themselves in. That’s the reason I feel that India, whenever they win the toss should opt to bat first, when their batsmen are under no pressure and give themselves time to play freely.

 

The legendary batsman also spoke about the tournaments India have won in the past. “Look at the way India did well in their famous T20 wins and the ICC Champions Trophy, where they defended a smallish total of 120-odd. So when you are 2-0 down in the series, you should give your team a chance to perform without any added pressure.”

 

At the same time, he appreciated the efforts of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the third ODI, but said that the top order haven’t done enough.

 

He said, “It is because of Ashwin and Jadeja that India got close to the target. Their big shots helped avoid India an embarrassing defeat. Of course, with their form at that moment, you’d expect them to go all the way but it is the top order who failed to get the big hundreds and the fifties.”