Team India lack power in engine room: Michael Vaughan

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan once again brought forth India’s middle-order woes, saying the Men in Blue lack power in the engine. India’s weak middle-order was exposed during the 3-match series opener against Australia as the hosts faced a batting collapse in Mumbai after the dismissal of the top-order.

Vaughan took to Twitter to say that India have underachieved in the last 2 World Cups where they made semi-final exits. In 2019 World Cup in England, India were undefeated until they faced New Zealand in the semi-final where their top-order was removed cheaply and the middle-order failed to shoulder the responsibility.

“Interested to see how #India responds in the 2nd ODI.If they are honest they will accept the last 2 World Cups they have under achieved !!They lack power for me in the engine room, the middle order, they have 3 yrs to make sure they can keep up the tradition of the hosts winning !,” Vaughan tweeted.

In the 1st ODI against Australia, India experimented with their batting order by demoting skipper Virat Kohli at No. 4 to accommodate in-form KL Rahul in the playing XI. However, the change did not work for the hosts as Virat Kohli could not perform with the bat at that position.

The skipper later agreed that he might re-consider batting at his usual No.3 position where he has been performing his best in the recent past.


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