During the first two ODIs against Australia, the top-order Indian batsmen faced a major challenge in the form of left-arm pacers. mitchell starc. Despite Captain Rohit Sharma’s refusal to see this as a consistent pattern of failure against all left-arm pacers, Starc’s performances were truly remarkable.
In the first ODI in Mumbai, Mitchell Starc tore through the Indian top order with a three-wicket flurry, though it ultimately proved futile. However, in the second ODI, he put in a formidable performance of 5/53, which set up Australia’s complete 10-wicket victory over the home side.
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These two performances from Mitchell Starc once again highlighted the struggles of India’s top order, which is mainly made up of right-handed batsmen, when facing left-arm fast-pacers. This is not the first time the team has run into this problem, with bowlers like Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi and New Zealand’s Trent Boult causing significant problems for the Indian top order in crucial games in the past.
Rohit Sharma refuses to believe any fight against the left-arm Pacers despite failure against Mitchell Starc
According to Rohit Sharma, there is no cause for concern for the team’s management at the moment regarding the Indian blue-chip batsmen’s struggles against left-arm pacers despite their failure against Mitchell Starc. The captain stated that right-arm fast bowlers have also posed significant challenges for Indian batsmen in the past, implying that it is not a problem specific to left-arm bowlers.
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“When you have a quality bowler in the opposition, he is bound to take wickets. He is doing everything he can to get your best players out. Whether it’s a left arm or a right arm, they’ll get wickets. The right arms have disturbed us well, nobody talks about it ”,
“We don’t look too much at left arm or right arm – wickets are wickets. If he loses wickets, that’s a concern. We’ll be looking at all kinds of things: how we’re going to get out there, what we need to do, how we can come up with better plans, better methods against closers.”
“In hindsight, if you look at it, it’s a possibility. It’s a game where something may work for you and something may not. If Jadeja or Axar or any other lefty had moved up the order and moved down, then things would have been said a little differently. That’s how this game works, I know that,” said the captain.
“When things don’t happen, there are many thoughts that can enter. But we try to get the best players in the middle to meet this challenge. It didn’t work for us today, maybe it won’t be the same in Chennaiwho knows,” he added.
“You know, the last six ODIs, if I remember correctly, a lot of the best (batsmen) got great runs. When we really need to look into it, we definitely will.” With the series now tied 1-1 with one game to go, the two teams will head to Chennai for the series decider to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.
After their significant loss, India will be looking to make a strong comeback in the third and final ODI of the series. With each team winning one game, the final match is expected to be an exciting one before moving on to another exciting Indian Premier League season.
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