India is fighting frail middle order for a couple of years and there is no change in the scenario even when the world cup is about to commence in May 2019. Apart from home advantage, England seems stronger in many aspects. Though India is suffering middle muddle, the vacuum is being filled by the strong top order of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan.
There is a prophecy that Kohli will turn his double-digit scores into centuries if one of the openers score some decent numbers and it came true in many situations. India tried a lot of combinations like Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, and MS Dhoni but nothing seemed fruitful.
India has faced some forgettable incidents like Champions trophy against West Indies and some games due to the earlier collapse of top order and frail middle order. Except for MS Dhoni, no middle-order batsmen for India succeeded to strengthen his position in the team. India has just a few opportunities to settle down the middle order before the World cup season. Here is the analysis of the performance of India in the recent past.
On the contrary, England batsmen get a lot of opportunities to perform due to the failure of Joe Root to convert opportunities into huge scores. The middle order batsmen get a number of chances to stabilize the team’s position. Coming to the Indian scenario, the top order batsman shoulder the responsibility of strengthening the team’s position and middle order batsmen get fewer chances to bat. They are responsible for stabilizing the score in very rare cases.
Generally, the team needs to risk 30 to 40 balls to settle on the crease and this makes a huge difference in the team’s score from 300 to 350 runs on flat pitches. Generally, India feels comfortable to settle at the score of 300 runs than to head for 350 runs and more and it throws a negative impact on the winning chances of the team against the stronger team like England on their home ground.