The Indian team is looking to regain their winning momentum after the series lost against a formidable but transitioning South African side. While the test series was predicted to be challenging, what surprised was the 3 – 0 hammering that India received. India’s bowling in all three games did not appeared potent with the likes of Bumrah and Bhuwaneshwar Kumar.
The Indian batting order did provided a decent start but neither K L nor Dhawan were able to capitalize onto a heavy innings. With the absence of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan got a chance to open the innings with K L, who was given the captaincy for the ODI series.
Ajit Agarkar believes that the future of Dhawan is unpredictable even though the south paw scored runs in South Africa. Speaking on Star Sport’s show Game Plan, Agarkar said “So, that will be interesting to see because Shikhar Dhawan is there as well, I am not sure in a year or year and a half’s time where Shikhar Dhawan would be, even though he has got runs in South Africa,”
The middle-order woes of the Indian team hasn’t been resolved from many years. India tried VijayShankar, Shivam Dube and Venkatesh Iyer but looks like the search will continue for some more time. The fragile middle-order costed the 2017 Champions Trophy final, 2019 WC semi-final, and then the 2021 T20 World Cup where India were not able to qualify for the semis.
Disappointed to see K L opening in South Africa : Ajit Agarkar
Agarkar believes that K L has done immensely well at the no. 4 and 5 position in the past and therefore, he should have played at that position only in the SA ODI series. “I think that’s the first thing they need to decide, whether he is an opener or a middle-order batsman because he was the captain in South Africa and he opened, which to me it was a bit disappointing because he’s been so successful at number 4 or 5 and that’s the role that they were looking at” Agarkar said during the program.
There is no question about Rohit Sharma opening the batting for India. The newly appointed captain has been the pillar of India’s top order for many years. But with the in-form Shikhar Dhawan in the side, it is very likely that K L will play at the middle order.