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India vs Australia | EXCLUSIVE - Need Lower Order Contributions to Win Series: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | December 21, 2018, 5:04 PM IST

Gaurav Kalra: Now conversely Indian lower order has been playing a completely, in an absurd way sometimes. Wickets have been falling in the cluster. You touched upon this earlier, and again who took a lot of pride in his batting in the lower order, do you sense that's an area India are missing out on and not emphasising enough on the importance of these runs from the tail?

Anil Kumble: No, it is very important. If you have to win a series then you need contributions from the top order and also from the lower order. Similarly, you need contributions from the non-regular bowlers as well, picking up that one or two wickets here and there, or the odd brilliance in the field by taking a catch or run out or stumping, those kinds of things you need to have if you want to win the series.

It just can't be four top-order batsmen and the four top bowlers winning you all the times, it never happens. That's where the lower order will have to contribute and ideally, if you set a goal for the lower order, invariably they try and reach that. If you tell them you need 100 runs from the four or five of you, then if you get to 100, you can take starting that up. If you don't have a number in your mind, and you tell them to play the way if it doesn't matter, we will get there, it doesn't work like that. It's important to set some goals for them and that's how bowlers are built in their DNA. If you give them a goal, everybody will look to achieve that. It has happened before, the lower order of the Indian team has contributed a lot over the last few years. It's just a matter of taking some time and understanding the situation, be patient and try to not throw away your wicket.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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