Deep Dasgupta opens up on India’s middle-order woes
By SMCS - Aug 6, 2021 9:36 pm
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Former India wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta said that the Indian middle-order has been failing to perform over the last two years. Dasgupta’s comments came after India faced yet another middle-order collapse on Day 2 of the first Test against England.

Team India dominated England in the second Test

He, however, stated that this should not be the case considering the ability and experience of the batting unit as well. The middle-order could manage only 9 runs in total as India collapsed from 97-0 to 112-4 and eventually got out for 278 on board as well. Meanwhile, Deep Dasgupta has also noted that Virat Kohli’s first-ball dismissal was not good for him as he has been failing continuously. On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane too has been looking fidgety in the middle.

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While speaking on his YouTube channel. Deep Dasgupta said: “Very uncharacteristic of Virat. He Generally leaves a few deliveries while playing overseas, so it could be a lapse of concentration. Ajinkya Rahane looks very nervous and fidgety during the first 25-30 deliveries, which was not the case before. The Indian middle-order has really not fired for the last two years or so, with all those runs, experience, class, and performances. They haven’t scored the big runs as consistently as India would have wanted.”

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India openers completed a 10-wicket win in Ahmedabad Test

Deep Dasgupta also opened up on the poor strike rates of Pujara as he believes this might be playing a role on scoring as well. He said: “He’s looking like a different player. Over 6000 runs, but now he looks like someone who is under some pressure. He has not made any big runs in the last two years, which is an area of concern. It seemed like he was looking for runs straight away which is not usual, the ever present calmness was absent.”

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“When you’re being criticized as a 24-25-year-old, you know you can go back to domestic cricket and make a comeback. But at this age and stage of his career, it might be difficult,” he concluded.