India’s cricketing fortunes continue to dip as they lost a one-day series against arch rivals, Pakistan. The world champions have had a real rough time in the last couple of months at home, and that is surprising because like most teams they are a formidable unit at home in familiar conditions, and are not easy to beat.
However, England showed in the Test series what determination and application could do and Pakistan have in their short tour displayed tremendous energy and drive and a huge commitment to win. India on the other hand have looked lost and distracted and with their top order not being in form, the usual mountain of runs has shrunk to a molehill that can and has been contemptuously trampled upon by the opposition batsmen.
Seldom has a team so full of batting talent been out of form together for such a long period and that has told in their performances. A bad patch happens to a batsman or two in a team where the series is relatively dry of hundreds, but it’s not just one or two, but pretty much the entire batting line-up that is going through a lean patch and have not been able to put up the kind of totals that give their own bowlers the comfort of knowing that they can afford to bowl some bad deliveries and still have enough runs to play with.
When they came to India, Pakistan were clearly the underdogs and not many gave them a chance to win the series, but they have done it easily thanks in the main to the openers in batting as well as bowling. If the opening batsmen have given them a good solid start, the opening bowlers have ensured that India’s openers have not got off to the kind of brisk start that can take the game away from the fielding side.
Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan have been simply magnificent and the pace and movement that they have got has made the out of form Indian batsmen look a shadow of their usual selves. This is a most exciting development for Pakistan as they travel to South Africa for a three Test series to play against the number one team in the world.
If the left handed duo can get so much lift out of Indian pitches just imagine what they would be able to do on the hard bouncier pitches in South Africa. That is indeed a series to watch.
In the batting department Nasir Jamshed surely loves the Indian bowling. Mind you, even Indian batsmen love Indian bowling if one goes by the domestic games, but the manner in which he has made them look utterly hopeless shows how well he has batted. With back to back centuries in the first two games, he is the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.
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