In Stats: India’s Batting Failures Now a Cause For Major Concern

Statistician Arun Gopalakrishnan cracks down India’s batting performance against Bangladesh through numbers.

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Virat Kohli gets bowled against Bangladesh. (Photo: IANS)
  • Statistician Arun Gopalakrishnan cracks down India’s batting performance against Bangladesh in the World T20 through numbers.
  • In the four over period between overs 7 and 10, India managed a paltry 17 runs and did not find the boundary once.
  • India lost three wickets and scored 11 runs in between overs 15.1 and 18.

India maintained their all-win record in T20 Internationals against Bangladesh and stayed alive in the ICC World T20 2016, courtesy a thrilling 1-run victory at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

After posting a modest 146-7 batting first, MS Dhoni’s team restricted the visitors to 145-9, to clinch two crucial points. The match turned out to be a topsy-turvy nail-biter; Bangladesh needed 11 runs heading into the last over, but lost the wickets of the two set batsmen, and eventually fell two runs short. While many may attribute Bangladesh running India so close to the lapses in the field, in reality it was because India didn’t post enough runs on the board.

After being put in to bat, India got off to a sedate start with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan sizing up the conditions in the first couple of overs. India have struggled for starts in recent times, and hence it wasn’t surprising to see the openers put a bigger price on their wickets.

They continued to consolidate as India crawled to 27 without losing a wicket after four overs, when Rohit decided he had seen enough and it was time to break the shackles; he deposited Mustafizur Rahman into the stands at long on. Dhawan followed suit two deliveries later when he put one into orbit. Though, India lost the wicket of Rohit off the last ball of the Powerplay, they were sitting pretty at 42 for 1.

From where they were, India must have felt in control of proceedings and must have aimed at a total around 160. But there were two periods of play - when India were batting - that they failed to force the momentum.

The first of which was immediately after the Powerplay overs when Bangladesh pulled things back very well; they picked up the wicket of Dhawan in the first over after the fielding restrictions were relaxed and thereafter controlled proceedings. That, despite India’s man-in-form, Virat Kohli out batting in the middle. In the four over period between overs 7 and 10, India managed a paltry 17 runs and did not find the boundary once.

(Photo: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)
(Photo: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)

The least one would expect to score in that period is at the rate of a run-a-ball. India must have surely expected more, given the calibre of batsmen in the middle. However, that was not to be and Bangladesh took the honours for that period of play.

(Photo: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)
(Photo: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)

After consolidating, Raina broke free in the eleventh over hitting sixes off consecutive deliveries. 11 runs were further added to the scoreboard off the first three deliveries of the 14th over - courtesy Raina’s four and Virat’s six - before the latter perished attempting a second consecutive big hit. Hardik Pandya, promoted to bat at number five, hit two boundaries off the last two deliveries of the 15th over as India realised 53 runs in the five over block.

India looked strong heading into the final quarter of the innings, but once again failed to take control of proceedings just when needed. In the following three overs, between overs 15.1 and 18, India lost three wickets, scoring a paltry 11 runs in the process.

(Photo: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)
(Photo: Rahul Gupta/The Quint)

That not one Indian batsman scored at a strike rate in excess of 100 best explains the story.

MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja & R Ashwin found the boundary four times cumulatively in the last two overs to help India to a respectable 146 for 7. But given how tight Bangladesh’s run-chase turned out to be, India would have been happier with at least another 10-15-20 runs on the board.

And if they reflect back on the match, they certainly had the opportunities to score those runs and the batsmen capable of scoring those runs without taking too many risks.

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