The logic is to double the score gained in the last 20 rounds using the ultimate T20 batting. With bags in hand, the overs taglines – 40 to 50 – are all about leather goods. The 2011 World Cup that India won at home followed a similar pattern.
Everything changed after the 2015 World Cup. The flag bearer of the change was England. England were eliminated from the 2015 tournament in the group stage, having failed to beat a single Test-playing country. This led to some deep thinking within the British ranks, and they changed their normally conservative approach to a radical, fearless and free-spirited style.
Under the guidance of Eoin Morgan, England have brought in players who can attack at more than 100 speeds and go further. We insist on having a strong team that includes people around who are active with both and the ball. This means that Britain has sunk deep.
The results are available for all to see. He started to score more and more than 350 in total, chased over 300 goals and went on to win the 2019 World Cup.
The 50+ FIFA World Cup will take place in India next year, and India’s ODI team is at a crossroads. Two all-out losses in the first two ODIs against South Africa is proof enough. It’s time for Team India to push the reset button in over 50. One step forward would be testing the bench’s endurance.
There are dynamic hitters like Ruturaj Gaikwadi, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav who don’t get a chance on a consistent basis. Among the pitchers, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj and Jayant Yadav are waiting in the wings. Popular opinion that Chahar, Siraj, Ruturaj and Suryakumar should start the South African series. But India has followed the conservative path.
It is likely that Chahar and Surya will wear blue during the third ODI in Cape Town. Chahar replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been in decline for a long time. In his last 10 ODIs, Bhuvi has hit a 13 strike rate at 36.39, with an economy rate of 5.69 and an attack rate of 38.3.
Suryakumar can be given a chance to either Iyers, Shreyas or Venkatesh. Suryakumar has impressed with all the limited opportunities he gets to play for India. In three ODIs, he has scored 124 runs averaging 62 and strike rate of 122.77. Besides, in the T20Is, he scored 244 runs in 9 innings with an average of 34.85 and strike rate of 155.41.
Cape Town ODI may be a dead rubber, but for many on the Indian side it is of great importance to their international cause.