The extended tail of India’s batting order was exposed once again on Sunday, and many believe that the team management has to find a solution before the Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held in the West Indies and the United States in the following year.
The squad captained by Hardik Pandya was defeated for the second time in a row by West Indies in the five-match series, and the setback brought to light the fact that the bottom order of their batting lineup lacked batting potency.
The fact that India chose to bat with four number 11 batsmen in both matches is a direct result of their selection of specialized bowlers who have very little batting ability. They are now in a position where they must win the third match, which will take place on Tuesday in Providence.
“The West Indies have brought to light one of the problems that India has while playing cricket with a white ball. A commenter by the name of Harsha Bhogle posted on X, the social media network that was once known as Twitter. “They won today because they had six hitters down the order,” the commentator said.
“India have a tendency to wind down in the end. You don’t need hitters down at 9 or 10, but those batters still need to be able to hit boundaries.
After posting a score that was far below par (152-7), India bounced back to bring the score of the hosts down to 129-8 in only 16 overs.
However, Akeal Hosein and Alzarri Joseph milked 26 runs off 17 balls while batting together at the ninth wicket to secure the win by two wickets with seven balls left to play.
Pandya, who was heading an India side that was without numerous frontline players, placed the responsibility for scoring more runs on the team’s top and middle order batsmen.
Following their loss, the all-rounder offered the following commentary: “With the current combination, we will have to trust our top seven batters to come good and hope the bowlers win you games.”
“At the same time that batters need to take more responsibility, we need to find ways to make sure that we have the right balance.”