IND vs ENG LIVE: Where is India’s middle-order, India’s big 3 Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s struggling big time

IND vs ENG: India’s big 3 Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane's form big worry for India- check stats in England, last 10 inns
IND vs ENG: India’s big 3 Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane's form big worry for India- check stats in England, last 10 inns

IND vs ENG LIVE – Where is Indian Middle Order? The form of India’s big 3 Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s by the day is becoming a big worry for Indian cricket. Ongoing India vs England second Test at Lord’s has further exposed chinks in the armor of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and skipper Virat Kohli. The trio has failed to live up to expectations in the last few innings.

IND vs ENG LIVE: Where is India’s middle-order, India’s big 3 Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s struggling big time

IND vs ENG LIVE – Where is Indian Middle Order? The form of India’s batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, in particular, have become a big hurdle in India’s aim to win Test series in England after 13 years. The duo got out on single digits. Meanwhile, Kohli has failed to score a fifty in the last 6 innings. Adding to this, his last century came in November 2019.

The legendary Indian opener meanwhile is questioning the the role and input of the support staff in improving players’ technical deficiencies, said, “If Rahane does not score, there is cause for concern, but that cause for concern has to be regarding his technical abilities. With Pujara too; the way he has been out playing down the wrong line, being beaten by the outswinger, nothing has changed. Who is the one to take care of it? Not just Pujara or Rahane. There’s a staff there. If you are getting out in the same manner, there is something wrong not just with your technique, but also guys who are supposed to help you,” Gavaskar questioned while speaking on Sony Sports Network.

IND vs ENG: India’s big 3 Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s form a big worry for India- stats attack

If we delve deep, the stats of the three top batsmen has been a big concern for India in the last few Tests- check out:

Ajinkya Rahane

Middle-order batsmen Ajinkya Rahane has hit a lean patch. He is yet to score a fifty in the last 7 innings. His scorecard in last 10 inns read: 1, 5, 15, 49, 27, 7, 10, 67, 0 and 1. He had smashed his last century 11 Tests ago against Australia in Melbourne last year.

Ajinkya Rahane in England:

2021- 1, 5

In 2018- 37, 0, 51, 11, 29, 81, 13, 18, 2, 15

Runs- 626

Matches– 13 (24 inns)

Average: 28.45

100-1

50s-4

Home/ Away records

Venue Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca St
Home 48 4 4 8 3 188 1605 36.48 48.99 34 0
Away 79 9 8 15 5 147 3048 43.54 49.87 43 0
Overall 127 13 12 23 8 188 4653 40.82 49.56 97 0

 

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Cheteshwar Pujara

India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara’s recent form has raised questions over his place in India’s playing XI. Like Rahane, Pujara has embarrassed India in his last innings. His dismissal for just 9 runs in the 2nd Test meant Pujara is yet to score a half-century in the last 10 innings (5 Tests. His scorecards read: 9, 12*, 4, 15, 8, 17, 0, 7, 21, 15, 73. The right-handed batsman is yet to score a century since January 2019.

Cheteshwar Pujara in England

2021- 9, 4, 12*

In 2018- 0, 37, 5, 132*, 72, 14, 17, 1,

In 2014- 11, 4, 17, 0, 2, 24, 43, 28, 55, 38

Runs- 548

Matches– 12 (23 inns)

Average: 26.10

Home/ Away records

Venue Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca St
Home 70 6 10 19 3 206* 3604 56.31 50.13 22 0
Away 77 3 8 10 6 193 2688 36.32 38.96 28 0
Overall 147 9 18 29 9 206* 6292 45.59 44.66 58 0

 

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Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli is known to play some of the most remarkable innings across all formats in the last 10 years but his ongoing form has been unimpressive. He started the series with a duck but he had impressed with 42 runs off 103 balls. However, he failed to score big despite settling at the crease for an amorous time. He is yet to score a century since 630 days. Besides this, he is unable to score a half-century in the last 6 innings.

Virat Kohli in England

2021- 42, 0

In 2018- 0, 49, 58, 46, 103, 97, 17, 23, 51, 149

In 2014- 20, 6, 7, 0, 28, 39, 0, 25, 8, 1

Runs- 826

Matches– 13 (24 inns)

Average: 34.42

Venue Inns NO 100s 50s 0s HS Runs Avg S/R Ca St
Home 66 8 13 12 5 254* 3730 64.31 60.05 34 0
Away 91 2 14 13 8 200 3859 43.36 53.86 45 0
Overall 157 10 27 25 13 254* 7589 51.63 56.73 90 0

 

The above stats show there is a huge inconsistency for India in the middle order. It’s the prime reason why India has won only three-Test series in England. The middle-order need to pull up their shocks if they ensure India wins the opening game and ongoing test series.

India in England 2018

Lost Test series 1-4

India in England 2014

Lost Test series 1-3 (1 match ended in draw)

India in England 2014

Whitewashed 0-4

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IND vs ENG LIVE: Put together, India has managed to win just 2 Test matches out of the last 14 Tests in England. If the pattern continues, India would be heading for their 4th straight Test series loss in England.

According to Gavaskar, Pujara and Rahane are low-profile players, their heads will be on the chopping block faster. “They are not going to take their shirt off and create a scene (if they are dropped),” the former Indian captain declared as his parting shot.

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