“Indian batters need to work on converting ones into two’s,” says Jaya Sharma

Former India cricketer Jaya Sharma who has represented India in 77 ODIs, 1 T20 and 1 Test match and was also the first female recipient of the ‘BCCI player of the year award’ has joined Female Cricket’s Expert Panel for the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

After India claimed a victory against Bangladesh by 18 Runs, Jaya Sharma analyzed the complete performance of the team and below is her report:

A good consecutive win for the Indian team there. Though given the Indian batting line up and early exploit from Shafali Verma, I would like to see India crossing 150 run mark comfortably.

Batting Order

In my view, if India is playing a proper batswoman in the line like Veda, then they must play her at No. 6. She is an experienced campaigner, and if the team is playing Veda in place of Radha Yadav (Bowling All-rounder), then they should utilize her skills as a pure batter. Today Richa Ghosh (who played in place of ill Smriti) who is a rookie went before Veda and Arundhati.

 

Jemimah Rodrigues batting vs Bangladesh. Pic Credits: ICC
Jemimah Rodrigues batting vs Bangladesh. Pic Credits: ICC

 

Partnerships

There were only two partnerships in the Indian innings one of Jemimah and Shafali (37) & Jemimah and Harman (25). If the team wants to exploit the foundation that Shafali Verma gave at the start of the innings, perhaps then there had to be some good partnerships coming down the order.

Running Between Wickets is a concern

The Bangladeshi batters were able to take doubles from the Indian team’s fielder, and the intent from them was very much clear from the word go. But the Indian batters were slowish in the first run and failed to convert ones into two’s. Indian batters need to work on converting ones into
two’s, especially at the death overs from 15th to 20th over.

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Indian vs Bangladesh Women's Cricket team
Indian vs Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team. Pic Credits: ICC

Special Mention

The two of the players who earned a special mention here are Taniya Bhatia and Shikha Pandey in their respective fields of Wicket Keeping and Bowling. These two players are at the top of their craft. These two are justifying the roles beautifully in the team.

Again an excellent performance by Poonam Yadav as a spinner, but there were some lapses in the field placements. As Bangladeshi batters played 80% shots towards the square of the wickets on both the sides, the fielders were kept up in the circle, and fielder at long-on was in place.

In all India has to pull their socks up if they would like to continue the winning streak because the next game they are playing is against Newzealand, which is a much better and experienced side then Bangladesh. They should be looking towards crossing 150 run mark because 130-140 runs do not justify the talent of the Indian batting lineup.

Team India will play against New Zealand on 27th February 2020. 

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