BCCI’s Asia Cup Review: Slow batting during middle overs is an issue ahead of T20 World Cup

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BCCI's Asia Cup Review: Slow batting during middle overs is an issue ahead of T20 World Cup
BCCI's Asia Cup Review: Slow batting during middle overs is an issue ahead of T20 World Cup

BCCI’s Asia Cup Review: Slow batting during middle overs is an issue ahead of T20 World Cup

India’s batting in the middle overs between overs 7 to 15 is the main area of concern is what emerged out of BCCI‘s Asia Cup Review meeting ahead of the all-important ICC T20 World Cup starting October 16.

On October 23, India will face Pakistan in Melbourne in the opening game of the showpiece event.

The team for the major event and the six T20I games against Australia and South Africa, which begin on September 20, were both named by the BCCI on Monday.

But aside from choosing the team, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah, and the national selection committee also talked about the national team’s disappointing performance at the continental competition.

“Yes, the Asia Cup performance discussed. But obviously, more than problems, the focus is on solutions and what are the things that needs to be improved during the T20 World Cup,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

BCCI's Asia Cup Review: Slow batting during middle overs is an issue ahead of T20 World Cup
BCCI’s Asia Cup Review: Slow batting during middle overs is an issue ahead of T20 World Cup

While there were several problems, everyone concurred that India’s mediocre middle-over batting strategy is a concern when playing better teams and was a problem throughout the Asia Cup.

“There is an obvious issue with batting during the middle overs. Especially between 7th to 15th where we haven’t done well in the Asia Cup. Obviously, the team’s think-tank is aware. And we have some world class players, who can obviously change their game as per team’s needs,” the official said.

India’s batting has stumbled between overs 7 and 15, whether they are pursuing or setting a goal.

In the first game, against Pakistan, 59 runs scored in those nine overs while three wickets lost. It was 62 runs against Hong Kong and 62 for 1 versus Pakistan in the Super 4s.

Except for the game against Afghanistan. The finest performance occurred against Sri Lanka, where 78 runs scored off of those nine overs.

The challenge has been dealing with slow bowlers, where several players in the top order haven’t performed up to par.

Samson’s name not discussed for WT20

Before the Indian team chosen. There was a lot of talk about Sanju Samson possibly replacing Rishabh Pant in the 15-player roster. But it has reported that the Rajasthan Royals captain not even considered.

“Sanju in any case will be playing the ODIs against South Africa as selectors will maintain the continuity from the Zimbabwe tour. Also there was never any discussions on dropping Pant. He is the only left-hander we have at the top. And he can win a match on his day,” the BCCI source said.

(With PTI Inputs)