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Asia Cup 2014: Short of expectations

Playing in the tournament only because MS Dhoni sat out, Dinesh Karthik has made only 29 runs in three innings (AP) Playing in the tournament only because MS Dhoni sat out, Dinesh Karthik has made only 29 runs in three innings (AP)
Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Dhaka | Posted: March 4, 2014 2:39 am | Updated: March 4, 2014 10:09 am

Ajinkya Rahane has an experience of 26 One-day Internationals. His scores, staring from the bilateral series against South Africa in December, read: 8, 7, 36, 3, 3, 2, 73, 22, 23. He has just one half century and has wasted three starts. Rahane, who batted at No.4 in the narrow loss against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, is a young batsman trying to find his feet in international cricket. 

Ambati Rayudu batted at No.5 and made 58, a notable innings considering it came in his first match against Pakistan. But Rayudu has played only nine ODIs. His half-century against Misbah-ul-Haq’s team was his second-best score after his unbeaten 63 against Zimbabwe. (Full Coverage Asia Cup 2014)

Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has played 70 One-day Internationals but this number has been accumulated over nearly 10 years. At No.6, he made 23 off 46 balls at a strike rate of 50. Karthik’s opportunities have been limited in the past. He is at the Asia Cup because MS Dhoni has been rested.

Rahane and Rayudu are playing at the Asia Cup because the selectors have been prepared to given them an opportunity and look beyond Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, who have played a combined total of 482 ODIs.

The Indian team playing the Asia Cup is relatively inexperienced. The bowling department too is thin on experience.

Fast bowler Varun Aaron has only played a handful of matches after returning from an injury lay-off. His international experience is limited to just eight ODIs and one Test.

One win in 10 matches

India now have won just once in their last 10 completed One-day Internationals. They lost the ODI series in South Africa and New Zealand in tougher batting conditions. And now being virtually knocked out of the Asia Cup in home-like conditions would be a cause of alarm if the inexperience of the side and the fact that the selectors have decided to give talented youngsters a bit of international exposure is not taken into consideration.

Virat Kohli spoke about the inexperience in the side after the loss against Pakistan on Sunday.

“If you compare the experience of our team with them, it’s massive. It’s huge. And in international cricket it really counts a lot. You can get away with it in T20, but in the 50-over format, you need to show a lot of character,” Kohli said.

The composition of India’s World T20 side will be different. Both Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have been included for the shortest format. Dhoni will be back to lead continued…

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