Port-Of-Spain. The next generation of Indian cricket has been unbeaten so far in this West Indies tour, but top order wobble has been the area of concern for Suresh Raina and Duncan Fletcher.
India has come here as world beaters and that top billing calls in for a clinical performance both with the bat and the ball.
There have been concerns with the opening pair, as they have failed to rack up a decent opening stand in the last two games. Virat Kohli who has been in cracking form of late has literally thrown his wicket in the two outings.
It exerts undue pressure on the middle and lower middle order, which has so far done the job reasonably well. The problem with the Indian batsman seems to be that they are still in the T20 mode. They need to realize that they need to convert these 20s and 30s into big scores. It’s the matter of application and putting a price tag on one’s wicket.
On the other hand Darren Sammy has plenty to worry, his batsman are playing spin as if hand grenades are being hurled at them. In the absence of Gayle and Chandrapaul their batting looks seriously depleted, which played 169 dot balls in the last game.
Their Bowling looks ok but lacks the intent and sting to threaten the Indian batting line up. Fielding too remains a concern against a young Indian team which is brisk between the wickets.
It’s all about improvement for both the teams, and the matter is which team does it better in the second game of the series.