September 25, 2022
BCCI’s Asia Cup review: Slow batting in middle overs an issue – Report

India’s batting in the middle overs between 7 and 15 overs is the main area of ​​concern that has emerged from the BCCI’s Asia Cup review meeting ahead of the all-important ICC T20 World Cup beginning on October 16. India’s first match of the showpiece event is against arch-rivals Pakistan on 23 October in Melbourne. On Monday, the BCCI announced the squad for the marquee event with six T20 matches against Australia and South Africa starting on September 20.

However, apart from the team selection, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah discussed the tremendous performance of the national team during the continental championship with the national selection committee.

A senior BCCI official privy to the developments told PTI, “Yes, there was discussion on the performance of the Asia Cup. Of oblivion

While there were some issues, all unanimously agreed that India’s approach to batting on foot in the middle overs was becoming an issue against better teams and was a problem during the Asia Cup.

“There is a clear issue with batting during the middle overs, especially between 7th and 15th where we haven’t done well in the Asia Cup. Obviously, the think-tank of the team knows that and we have some world-class players. who obviously can tweak their game according to the needs of the team.”

Looking at India’s batting, while setting or chasing, they have faltered between the 7th and 15th overs.

In the first match against Pakistan, 59 runs were scored in nine overs for the loss of three wickets. Against Hong Kong, it was 62 runs, while in Super 4 against Pakistan, it was 62 for 1.

The best performance (except in Afghanistan’s game) was against Sri Lanka when 78 runs came from those nine overs.

The problem is with the slow bowlers, where some of the top-order players are not performing well.


Samson’s name not discussed for WT20
Before the selection of the Indian team, there was a lot of discussion about Sanju Samson’s inclusion in the 15-man squad in place of Rishabh Pant but it is learned that the Rajasthan Royals captain was also not in contention.

“Sanju will play the ODI against South Africa in any case as the selectors will continue to tour Zimbabwe. Also there was never any discussion on Pant’s ouster. He is the only left-hander we have at the top and he Could win a match on his day,” said a BCCI source.

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