The Indian cricket team relies quite heavily on its top three batsmen as they have been doing most of the scoring for the last couple of years which often leaves the middle and lower middle order unprepared if and when they get a chance to bat in crucial situations.
Team India lost its first warm-up match against New Zealand as the latter decimated the batting lineup of the former. After the early dismissals of top three batters, India were found wanting as the middle order crumbled under pressure.
Skipper Virat Kohli is, however, delighted to see the lower order spending some time in the middle before the start of the tournament as he urged them to stay battle ready for the lengthy tournament.
“Didn’t go to plan. Good challenge up front though. We can expect that in some places in England when conditions are overcast. From 50 for 4 to get to 180 was a good effort. In a tournament like the World Cup, the top order can go off sometimes, so Hardik getting runs, MS absorbing pressure and Jadeja’s fifty, those were good positives,” he said after the game.