India need to improve in 3 areas to avoid humiliation of series rate

IND vs SA live: India vs South Africa live: After 12 wins – nine of them at home – India’s bubble burst. David Miller and Rossi van der Dussen chased down record runs in Delhi on Thursday to expose India’s weaknesses. With four matches left in the series, Rahul Dravid must take action and improve in some areas to avoid the humiliation of a series-defeat at home. Follow the South Africa Tour of India live updates on InsideSport.IN.

India’s batting was clicked and added with Hardik Pandya, it looked like a side to beat. India did well, Feroz Shah posted a huge 211/4 total at Kotla Stadium but failed to stop Rishabh Punt & Co David Miller. But that was not the only concern.

IND vs SA Live: 3 must do things for Team India

  • Improve powerplay batting
  • Fielding improvement
  • Overall bowling improvement

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IND vs SA Live: India’s home bubble bursts, Rahul Dravid must improve to avoid series rate humiliation: Check out

IND vs SA Live: India's home bubble bursts, Rahul Dravid must improve to avoid series rate humiliation: Check out

Powerplay batting: While 51 runs in Powerplay is not a bad result but both Ishan Kisan and Ruturaj Gaikwad look uncomfortable against the express speed, it will be a matter of concern. Certainly, the two will not be able to open against Pakistan in the opening match of the 2022 T20 World Cup. But with injury-prone Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul distrusting themselves, India need Ishan Kishan or Ruturaj Gaikwad to move forward.

  • Ishan Kisan initially struggled with speed again and only jumped into loose delivery.
  • The time is running out to score big in the blue jersey for the season.
  • He looked uncomfortable against Kagiso Rabada and Enrich Nortz and could only get that six without any control.

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  • Both fought against the change of length
  • Wayne Parnell knocked out Ruturaj Gaikwad for a short length as he tried to make a big hit.
  • Australia’s fast and bouncy pitches will help the pacers, both have a lot of work to do to stay on the team as a backup option.
  • The likes of Sanju Samson or Rahul Tripathi can be tried as they can maintain the scorecard by contributing 30-40 runs.

IND vs SA Live: India’s home bubble bursts, Rahul Dravid must improve to avoid series rate humiliation: Check out

IND vs SA Live: India's home bubble bursts, Rahul Dravid must improve to avoid series rate humiliation: Check out

Fielding requires big steps: MS Dhoni has made India the best fielding team and Virat Kohli has improved. But it is slowly disappearing. Shreyas Iyer dropped Rossi van der Dussen to 29 and it turned out to be fatal as he helped South Africa win the match by scoring 64 runs.

However, this was not an isolated incident. India were sloping in fielding and did not like to hurt the throwers from deep.

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Bowling: More than poor batting, it was India’s unpredictable bowling that cost the matches against Pakistan and New Zealand in the T20 World Cup. It has not improved since then. Yes, India did not get a full bowling attack late at once but with the exception of Bhubaneswar Kumar, India looks different.

  • Yuzbendra Chahal, who could not secure his place in the squad even after his return, gave a much loose delivery and hit 21 runs in 2.1 overs.
  • Avesh Khan made a great comeback but India looked toothless in powerplay bowling.

IND vs SA Live: India’s home bubble bursts, Rahul Dravid must improve to avoid series rate humiliation: Check out

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Death over bowling: Bowling in the first five and last five will be a major concern. India conceded 61 in the first five and 64 in the last five.

  • Harshal Patel and Bhubaneswar Kumar both scored 22 runs in 17 and 18 overs.
  • But no one was able to use the yorker.
  • A death-over specialist like Arshdeep Singh will be important and long runs should be given before the T20 World Cup.

IND vs SA Live: India’s home bubble bursts, Rahul Dravid must improve to avoid series rate humiliation: Check out

IND vs SA Live: India’s home bubble bursts, Rahul Dravid must improve to avoid series rate humiliation: Check out

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