Right-arm pacers troubled us too: Rohit dismisses failure pattern against left-arm pacers cricket news
In the first ODI in Mumbai, Starc took India’s top-order to a three-wicket haul and in the second game in Visakhapatnam, the pacer dismissed India openers Rohit, Shubman Gill and No.4 and 5 batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul respectively.
The Indian batting order is dominated by right-handed batsmen and left-arm fast bowlers. Mohd Aamir, shaheen shah afridi And Trent Boult has hurt India badly in the past. But, Rohit said that the team management need not worry about it as of now.
“When you have a quality bowler in the opposition, he is bound to take wickets. He is trying his best to get your best players out. Whether he is left-handed or right-handed, he will get wickets. Right-handed batsmen have also troubled us, no one talks about it.
“We don’t look at left-arm or right-arm much — wickets are wickets. If you lose wickets it is a concern. We will look at all kinds of things: how we are getting out, what we need to do. How can we come up with better plans, better methods against fast bowlers.
India had two left-handers in the batting lineup – Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel – who could have been moved up to face the left-handed Starc, but Rohit said such a move could have gone either way .
“If you look at it, it’s a possibility. It’s a game where something might work for you and something might not. If Jadeja or Akshar or some other left-hander had got out higher up the order, things would have been a little different. Spoken differently. That’s how the game works, I know that much,” said the skipper.
“When things don’t happen, a lot of ideas can come (in). But we try and get the best players out in the middle to face the challenge. It didn’t work for us today, It may not happen in Chennai as well, who knows,” he said.
He said the top-order has struggled “a little bit” in just two matches.
“You know, in the last six ODIs, if I remember, the top-order (batsmen) have scored big runs. When we really need to look at it, we will definitely look at it.”
With the series now tied at 1-1 with one match to go, both the teams travel to Chennai for the series decider to be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.
(With inputs from PTI)