5 problems India have with their ODI side
Team India have won 8 ODI bilateral series on the trot and they don't look like ending their winning streak anytime soon. But that doesn't mean they have the most balanced side in the world.
The Men In Blue do have a few weaknesses and selection issues to be addressed while getting ready for the 2019 World Cup. Let's have a look at 5 problems that India have in their current ODI side.
1) Over-reliance on the top 3
Shikar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have had yet another great year in limited overs cricket. This formidable top 3, first featured together in the 2013 Champions Trophy opener.
While Virat Kohli has been the backbone of Indian batting, the starts that Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan give are commendable. They compliment each other and form big partnerships consistently.
Sometimes, your strength can be your weakness as well. The quality of the top three is so good that the middle order doesn't get tested frequently. Close to 50% of the runs have been made by the top 3 since the Champions Trophy 2013, including the matches that they haven't played. When these three fail, the batsmen in the middle order find it difficult to build the innings. The 2017 Champions Trophy final is a very good example of it.