Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Working on a few aspects of strike rotation - Shiv Sundar Das. India will bank on Mandhana and Verma to give the side a good start.
India will bank on Mandhana and Verma to give the side a good start.
In the aftermath of India's disappointing show in the first ODI against Australia, Shiv Sundar Das, the batting coach, laid out the basic template for the batters in order to achieve the goal of notching up competitive totals.
The former India opener noted that the think-tank has allocated a ‘block (of) 10 overs each for each batter'. He also hoped that the left-right-handed combination of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma would provide the platform at the top of the order, with the middle order carrying forward the momentum. Incidentally, in their last 10 ODI matches, India have gone past the 50-run mark just twice in the first 10 overs.
“We have blocked 10 overs each for each batter,” Das said in the presser. “We are looking at a good start to start with and, obviously, in the middle overs we are looking at an average of five runs [per over] and at the end we're looking at six runs per over. Basically, that is our batting plan. In the nets, we have tried a few things. It's about the individual – how they react to the game, especially at the start of the innings.
“We have Shafali Verma and Smriti, so basically we are looking at a good start. Obviously, [in the] last few games we didn't have a good start, [but] I am very positive as the batting coach. They'll put up a good start and once you put up a good start of about 60-70 runs in 10 overs, that momentum you can carry into the middle overs. You will see the difference tomorrow. I had a one-to-one chat with her [Mandhana] and in the last two sessions we have worked hard in the nets. We have addressed a few issues and, as you know, she is a world-class player, and we are backing her ability to get runs for us. Definitely we will see the difference in tomorrow's game,” he added.
India's strike rotation in the middle overs has also come under the scanner, with the visitors adding only 81 runs between the 20th and 40th over in the first ODI. On his part, Das observed that India have “a lot of youngsters” coming through the ranks and it will take time for them to come good. He also praised Yastika Bhatia for playing with a mature head on her young shoulders in her debut game.
“We have been working on a few aspects of the rotation of strike. Basically, we're focused on their strengths. Now, because it's in [the middle of] the series, we have identified a few areas. It's a work in progress. Definitely in the future series, they'll definitely come good. If you see our team, we have a lot of youngsters. Yastika [Bhatia] got an opportunity; she batted well. It's definitely a new challenge for them. All these wickets – they are good batting wickets, and I hope they'll perform well tomorrow.”