Pandey and Dhoni added an uneaten stand of 56 balls to guide India to 188 for 4 in 20 overs (Image courtesy: AFP)
Pandey and Dhoni added an uneaten stand of 56 balls to guide India to 188 for 4 in 20 overs in 2nd T20I (Image courtesy: AFP)

One could consider India s ongoing tour of South Africa a success, given the team s performance from the final Test onwards. A historic ODI series win, and a potential series victory in the T20Is on Saturday evening, have proven India s credential in alien conditions. However, Former India legend, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, still finds a few problematic areas for the team to work on.

In his column for Times of India, Srikkanth said: “However, one of the key areas of concern is the consistency factor with the middle-order and to an extent the form of the opening batsmen in red-ball cricket. The first Test at Cape Town was in our pocket and we should have won it easily. The defeat was due to the batting debacle and it hurt us badly. The openers didn t fire in all the Tests and it has to be addressed going forward.”

He further adds, “While the openers turned things around in the shorter formats, the middle-order, apart from Kohli, has been very inconsistent across all formats. Yes, there have been a couple of sparkling performances here and there from a few middle-order batsmen. However, consistency is lacking and it is vital to have a solid middle-order, which is the backbone of any side. It s a worrying sign and it has to be looked into so that we can notch up more victories abroad.”

Srikkanth was quick to laud Virat Kohli and his team. He writes, “Summing it up, I would term it is a successful tour for India in South Africa. If I was the captain, I would be pleased with the way the team bounced back in Johannesburg and never looked back.”

He praised India s bowling attack across the series. He quipped: Overall, there are quite a few positives from this trip. Kohli has been amazing with the bat and in leading the troops from the front. The bowling unit has been exceptional. Pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been on the ball throughout the Test series. The wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav joined the party during the ODIs, baffling the hosts with their guile.