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Six-hitting woes: Will India’s middle-order sink or swim in T20 World Cup Super 8?

Six-hitting woes: Will India’s middle-order sink or swim in T20 World Cup Super 8?

India's T20 World Cup hopes hinge on their ability to address the middle-order conundrum. Can they find a way to get Hardik and Jadeja firing, or will they need to find a new strategy altogether?

India cruised through the New York leg of the T20 World Cup, but their real challenge begins now – the Super 8s in the West Indies. While the top-order has performed well, a question mark hangs over India’s middle-order batting, particularly their ability to score big runs in the crucial middle and death overs.

West Indies pitches demand firepower

The Caribbean pitches are known to be batting paradises, where boundaries come easy.

This format favors teams with deep batting line-ups who can not only build a strong foundation but also explode in the middle and death overs. Here’s where India might face a hurdle.

India’s Middle-Order missing X-Factor?

While the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant have been playing their part at the top, concerns surround India’s middle-order hitting, especially when compared to other contenders. Teams like West Indies and Australia have been smashing boundaries at a much higher rate in the death overs.

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to be the middle-order powerhouses for India. However, both players are either lacking form or haven’t been given a clear role.

Hardik’s strike rate has been underwhelming, and Jadeja, known more for his bowling skills, rarely gets a chance to shine with the bat.

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Team India lags behind

Statistics paint a worrying picture. West Indies’ middle-order has hit the most sixes in recent years, followed by England. India falls behind in this category, raising concerns about their ability to match the firepower of other teams.

India’s overall Death-Overs record

Despite the middle-order woes, India boasts the best death-overs record among top T20I sides since 2022.

However, this achievement is largely due to the brilliance of top-order batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli.

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Can India break free?

The team management seems hesitant to experiment with their batting order. Jadeja, despite his inconsistent batting performances, is still expected to deliver under pressure. India needs to find a way to unlock the potential of their middle-order or risk falling behind in the high-pressure knockout stages.

Can India Cricket Team overcome?

India’s T20 World Cup hopes hinge on their ability to address the middle-order conundrum. Can they find a way to get Hardik and Jadeja firing, or will they need to find a new strategy altogether? Only time will tell if India’s batting depth can overcome the challenge of the West Indies pitches and the aggressive batting styles of their competitors.

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