The Indian cricket team is completely unbalanced. South Africa took both the Test and ODI series after exploiting recent weaknesses. Worryingly, no combination can produce the desired outcome. A bad performance over the captaincy has become a new challenge for the BCCI, following embarrassing defeats in the past two Test matches and now a lethargic start in the first two ODIs.
As a coach, Dravid’s first assignment abroad was a failure. Even KL Rahul, who was named the ODI squad captain despite having no previous captaincy experience in List A cricket, was unable to impress. Right now, Indian cricket appears to be at a crossroads, forcing it to make some difficult decisions.
The Indian team was in a terrific position during COVID-19, having won the historic Test series for the second time in Australia, crushing Gabba’s pride, and then smashing England in their own backyard. All of this happened at a time when there was no talk about the captaincy. Then came the T20 World Cup, and Team India’s palace continued to crumble like a deck of cards. New Zealand was trounced in the T20 and ODI series on home soil after leaving the competition unhappy. It was billed as India’s ‘best chance’ before embarking on the South African tour.
- Rahul, Dravid are being questioned
According to some observers, it was the most powerful side in Indian cricket history. But what went wrong? The fort of Centurion was destroyed, but the Indian army knelt in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Let’s chat about the ODI series’ recent performance. KL Rahul’s captaincy has been so terrible that legends such as Sunil Gavaskar have said, “I don’t believe he has ever captained Karnataka.” Dravid’s attitude has also been called into question. Some supporters believe that under Dravid’s guidance, Team India is becoming less aggressive.
The BCCI is looking for the test captain. The board’s most pressing issue is deciding on a new Test captain. In limited overs, Rohit Sharma is captain, while KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravichandran Ashwin’s claims for the Test are also being examined. Rahul’s claim did not appear to be gaining any stronger based on the manner he led the team against South Africa. Virat Kohli’s followers are furious on social media, claiming that Team India’s ‘attacking energy’ will vanish once he steps down as captain.
- Turning Point in the 2nd ODI between India and South Africa
The match’s story would have been different if it hadn’t been for Rishabh Pant. Where has Team India vanished to? In the ODI series, Team India’s problems were evident with the new ball. It was a huge comfort to not have a true all-rounder from above. The South African team was strong on all fronts, whether it was batting or bowling.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal failed to live up to Team India’s high expectations. Keshav Maharaj, Tabrez Shamshi, and even Aidan Markram outclassed India’s spin duo. The inability of Team India’s middle order to click is a major source of concern.
Aside from appointing a Test captain, the BCCI would have to think about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara’s future. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s limited-overs spot is also under jeopardy. On social media, there is a growing clamour for Mohammed Siraj to replace Bhuvi, and it is warranted to some extent. In ODIs and T20s, Ashwin might be benched. India is squandering Kuldeep Yadav’s skill, according to former cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Chahar, and Suryakumar Yadav fall within the same category. In limited-overs cricket, these players could be the best option.