Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag bowl
Indian cricketers Virender Sehwag (L) and Sachin Tendulkar (R) chat during the first ODI in Rajkot on December 15, 2009. (Photo credit: PAL PILLAI/AFP/Getty Images)

If there is one series that has been much awaited in the times of pandemic it was Australia vs India series. All eyes were set on Virat Kohli and Steve Smith rivalry what’s next from these two modern-day greats.

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But the ongoing series has been a complete lapse for team India either in batting or bowling or even the fielding standard has been unexpected with dropped catches to misfield.

Although Indian batting looked somehow competitive from the inexperienced bowling line-up without having more depth into the bowling when the frontline bowlers are less effective.

In the first two games, the hosts batted first and scored over 370 on both occasions with their batting stalwarts. While in reply the tourists were unable to put some fight and lost the games twice. But on Wednesday Indian team put some fight and somehow managed to win the last game of the series.

After the win in the last ODI Australia won the series by 2-1. But this series has lead to some serious comments from former cricketers. Earlier there were questions over the captaincy of Virat Kohli by former players like Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, and Ashish Nehra.

India needs batsmen like Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar who can bowl: Subramaniam Badrinath

Sachin Tendulkar bowling
MUMBAI, INDIA – APRIL 02: Sachin Tendulkar (R) of India bowls as Thilan Samaraweera (L) of Sri Lanka looks on during the 2011 ICC World Cup Final between India and Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011, in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Now another former batsman Subramaniam Badrinath joined the debate while saying that the current team India is missing the players like Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in the top order to win games with their batting and also handy to bowl to some overs to provide breakthroughs in the middle.

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No one from the top 5 or top 6 is bowling now. If you look at the Indian teams in the past, top-order batsmen managed to bowl a bit. Sehwag used to bowl, Sachin used to bowl, even Ganguly used to bowl,” Badrinath told Star Sports Tamil.

“They used to give the captain 3-4 overs. You can manage 10 overs with them. When a bowler had a bad day, they didn’t have the necessity to give him 10 overs. India is missing that now.

“Even if Rohit Sharma returns… he is not bowling these days. At the same time, look at Australia, they have someone like Marcus Stoinis… He can bowl 5-6 overs easily. Maxwell can bowl. You need this aspect in limited-overs cricket. I think India is struggling a bit in this aspect,” Badrinath said.

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What’s next

After losing the ODI by series by 1-2, the Indian team is going to play 3 matches T20I series followed by the much-awaited Border Gavaskar Trophy of 4 test matches.


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