The South Africans won the first match of the three-match ODI series by 31 runs. They are 1-0 up in the series. Once again, the middle order ruined the match after a great start by the top order.
As a result, South Africa leads the three-match series 1-0 after beating India by 31 runs. The same thing happened to the Indian team once again, which was feared by everyone. Again, the middle order ruined the match after a good start by the top order. In Indian cricket, this has been a long-standing issue that has not been solved even in South Africa. As captain, KL Rahul once again disappointed, and the experienced bowlers could not stand up to the African batsmen.
Here are the reasons for the Indian team’s defeat:
Captain KL Rahul made the biggest mistake in selecting the team. Rituraj Gaikwad did not open instead of Rohit Sharma. Rahul said that he would open the batting a day before the match. He played in the ODI series against England at home last year. Shikhar Dhawan opened with Rohit Sharma in three ODIs in March 2021, while Rahul batted in the middle order. He also had success there. In three matches, Rahul scored 62*, 108, and seven runs. Rahul should have played in the middle order in such a situation. Gaikwad, who played brilliantly in the domestic tournament, should have opened.
KL Rahul’s poor captaincy:
The Indian team’s captaincy record is embarrassing. The Indian team lost both matches he captained. In Johannesburg, the captaincy was done for the first time in a Test, and Team India lost. In Paarl, the Indian team lost for the first time in ODIs. He repeated the mistakes from the Test match. He didn’t use the right bowler at the right time. Despite being kept in the playing XI as an all-rounder, Venkatesh Iyer did not get an over. Rahul did not have a Plan B when Temba Bavuma and Russi van der Dussen survived.
The bowlers were disappointed:
All of the bowlers in the playing-11 were experienced. Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Ashwin, and Chahal are the players. The five have been playing cricket for a long time, but their bowling was lacking the edge they are known for. The economic rate of everyone looted except Bumrah exceeds five. Bhuvneshwar, Shardul, and Chahal were unable to succeed.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant fail:
Despite a great start from the top-order, middle-order batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant failed to deliver. Pants were dropped after the fourth-order. Usually, Iyer plays here after being in the team. Three wickets were taken for 152 runs. The win looked easy from there, but Iyer scored 17 runs, and Pant followed with 16. After him, Venkatesh Iyer was also dismissed. He scored only two runs. Venkatesh missed the opportunity to tie the match.