Farokh Engineer: India Should Win This Series Despite Rohit Sharma Injury
The tables have turned, haven't they? Mind you, I did say that India would do much better in the one-dayers and let's be honest, they couldn't possibly do any worse, could they?
Hats off to Suresh Raina, who played an absolutely fantastic knock in the second ODI which made me wonder why he wasn't in the Test team.
India are learning from their mistakes, but they are learning a bit too late. Nevertheless, I reckon India should wrap up this series and will definitely win it.
They bounced back well in Cardiff, but they are a good side. Virat Kohli hasn't got going yet for some strange reason but once he does, I tell you what, he's going to get a big hundred and I feel it's just around the corner.
I'm in Mumbai at the moment and the general reaction to India winning again has been 'about time' and everyone feels that we are more suited to the one-day game than Test cricket. Now, that shouldn't be the case if you want to be ranked as one of the top teams in the world because you have to be good in all forms of the game.
We were pathetic in the Tests, we made the same mistakes again and again. Poor decisions were taken but now they are playing for some pride, trying to redeem themselves in another series and with it being an ODI series, the batsmen are natural strokeplayers and this will suit them better.
Today's news that Rohit Sharma has been ruled out is a huge blow. India will definitely miss him especially after the innings he played at Cardiff and the confidence he will have gained from that. Murali Vijay, his replacement, is more of a Test cricketer than a one-day cricketer, so it's time for Kohli to step up.
I am predicting an Indian win at Trent Bridge in the third ODI because they are on a high but I hope they fight harder, knowing that one of their main batsmen is out, and that the other batsmen step up.
They still have enough good strokeplayers so if they get a good start - even with Vijay in the side - they can always accelerate in the last 15 overs - that's what the plan will be, to try to keep the wickets intact and then in the last 10-15 overs, have an almighty slog.
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