Former India cricketer Saba Karim recently opened up on how Team India’s top-order batters haven’t been able to perform in Test cricket recently. During a discussion on India News Sports, he shared how the Indian batters have started to struggle even in Asian conditions too as well. He also opined on how the lower-order batters have done well with valuable contributions many times.
“It is a major cause of concern for Team India, he explained. “A year ago, this problem was only limited to overseas tours. However, we have seen that our top order has failed to get going even in Asian conditions. It has happened on several occasions lately that India have reached a decent score thanks to their middle-order and lower-order batters. India didn’t have a lot of runs to chase but made it look like a mountainous target as we lost four early wickets. India should have adopted an aggressive approach but failed to do so. Instead, we created unnecessary pressure. We should not blame the wicket. We saw how Litton Das, Nurul Hasan, and Taskin Ahmed batted on the same surface,” he said.
However, Team India’s top order failed to leave a mark during the run chase on Day 3 of the second Test. The visitors were reeling at 45/4 at stumps, requiring 100 more runs to win in the fixture. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma also slammed the Indian batters for their poor performance on Day 3.
He added: “There was a clear lack of application on the part of the Indian batters today. I believe that India should have been more positive. The pitch is not a rank turner or an unplayable one. It is unfortunate to see our top-order batters perform underwhelmingly consistently, leaving a lot for the lower-order batters.”
However, sealed the deal at the end and also won the series 2-0 as well.