India suffered a whitewash in the ODI series too. If a team cannot defend eight-and-a-half runs per over, there is some serious problem somewhere. And, that problem is with the bowling unit.
It was strange not to see the young Varun Aaron in action even in the inconsequential last match. Maybe, the team management had some strong reason to keep him out. India tried out the same fast bowlers, while England brought in a fresh face in Bairstow.
India’s batting gave a much-improved performance in ODIs. They put up runs on the board and, at Cardiff, they even went past the 300-mark. Rahul Dravid was his usual confident self. His performance showed that if you are a good player but haven’t played for sometime, you only need a couple of games to get into rhythm.
Dravid’s confidence rubbed off on Virat Kohli. The Delhi player was not his fluent self after the ODI series in the Caribbean. But that was not the case in Cardiff. It was a well-deserved hundred from the young man and it will go a long way in giving him confidence.
Dhoni played his natural game and thrashed the English bowling to help his team post a total, which looked like a winning score. Watching him play like the way he does in ODIs, one wonders why he can’t play the same way in Tests.
Rain interruption curtailed the match, but it was not as if England’s run-chase became easy. That Kohli also had to bowl in the end overs proved that India need young fast bowlers like Aaron, Ashok Dinda and Ishant consistently in ODIs.
India haven’t lost in this fashion for long on foreign soil and some measures need to be taken so that there is no repeat of this in Australia in a few months from now.