ICC World Cup 2019: 3 things India lack ahead of the tournament
- India have only a few games left to fix these problems ahead of cricket's showpiece event.
#2 Stability in the middle order
The middle order's fragility is a concern for the Indian team in the run up to the World Cup. The biggest concern is that the result of the game is heavily dependent on the top order batsmen, with the middle order struggling to cope with pressure when the top order fails.
Since 2016, the top order has contributed a huge chunk of runs, with most centuries and fifties to their names. They also have the best average when compared to other teams' top orders, and have faced more than 10k balls. In the same period, the middle order has faced about 5000+ balls, which is half of that of the top order.
In addition to this, a top order player has been in the middle until the end in more than 50% of the games, which is a significant factor for India’s success. The middle order needs to step up if India are to regain the World Cup trophy.