In the first World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, India’s worst nightmare came true. The only problem that has exposed the team for long is the team’s weak middle order. As India marched high-handedly from one league match to another, a dim ‘yes, but’ dawdled in the background. For instance, Yes Rohit Sharma was in the form. Yes KL Rahul filled the vacancy created by Dhawan. Or, Yes Virat Kohli was getting the job done. But one question that came back to one’s mind. But what would happen if the three failed. India found the answer to this question in the hard way.
New Zealand bowlers’ all-round performance startled the Indian batsmen early and then managed to
India’s middle order has always been a thing of concern. The middle order is always left alone without the support of the top-order batsmen. If Rohit Sharma and Kohli is not there to support the rest of the batting line up. The Kiwis has investigated this flaw of the Indian cricket team very closely. Even if the top order manages to deal with the swinging ball, it’s not easy for the middle order batsmen.
A late fight back couldn’t help India to turn the one-sided match in their favor. It couldn’t stop the Kiwis from entering their second consecutive World Cup final. For the second time, India got kicked out from the semi-final stage.
During the semi-final, India’s leading run scorer Sharma was dismissed for one. Virat was also dismissed for one. KL Rahul too failed to make much runs. In 3.1 overs India was reduced to 5/3. Dhoni who came to bat at No 7 was India’s last hope and he tried hard on the crease. It was Pandya and Jadega who took some big shots to take the match to a good score. At one point it seemed the game has turned in India’s favor. However, the Kiwis edged a spectacular 18-run victory over India in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019.