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WATCH | Too Much Chopping, Changing in Middle Order: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | March 15, 2019, 6:56 PM IST

GK: Let me ask you some of the questions that have started doing the rounds. Suddenly there seems to be an air of the team being unsettled, especially in that middle order in particular. A lot of players have been brought in, a lot of players have been given opportunities but perhaps not long enough. Just from your vantage point, as someone who has been captain, coach, do you sense that this is the truth? Is there a little bit of an unsettled air about that middle order?

AK: Yeah, there is because if you look back at the last couple of years of success that the Indian team has had, has been mainly due to the fact that the top-3 have performed consistently and still remains. In a 50 over game, you want your top-3 to contribute. But what if they don’t contribute and that’s why we’re discussing and debating our middle order. For me, I still believe MS Dhoni should bat at 4. 5,6,7 is something that you need to start thinking about and that’s where I felt that there was too much chopping, changing and trying to figure out who will fit in into that 4, 5 or 6 in that middle order other than MS Dhoni. That to me has made it a little more unsettling for us, watching from outside. I’m not really sure the Indian team believes that they’re still a little unsure about that position. But in a World Cup you want everybody to contribute. What if the top-3 don’t fire in an important game, say a semi-final or a final, then you need to backups to stand up and do it and that’s where I believe that the middle order hasn’t been given enough opportunities leading up to the World Cup and haven’t been consistent with the players that have been selected in that middle order.

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