India were outclassed in the first 2 one dayers by the depleted New Zealanders who were at the back of some utter humiliating series defeats. The Blackcaps were doomed by their fellow neighbors in the 3 match test series in Australia. The Kiwis were then destroyed by the Indians in the 5 match T20I series but they showed what a strong character they are, bounced back like champions and won the 3 match ODI series with 1 match to spare.
India need to show character- Shoaib Akhtar
The Rawalpindi express from Pakistan who retired from the international cricket in 2011 has started his own youtube channel and posting videos of himself analyzing the current happening things in cricket around the world. In his latest video, he was seen talking about India’s hammering against the New Zealanders and asked India to show some character in tough situations
Here’s what Shoaib Akhtar said about India’s performance
India looked a very average side today. But Credit to New Zealand for coming back so strong after 0-5 loss in T20IS. That type of loss can be demoralizing for any team but they have made a solid comeback This is a learning curve for India, they need to show character
India lack a quality strike bowler- Shoaib Akhtar
India started a new revelation in ODI cricket in the year 2017-18 when they started to demolish the opposition teams by bowling them out for a below par score. One of the main reason for that was Indian bowlers were able to control the game in the important middle phase where they were able to bundle out teams without giving much runs. The introduction of Kulcha combination was touted to be one of the best moves in the Indian cricket. Since the world cup match against England last year, India have aborted their plan of playing Kuldeep and Chahal together in the playing XI for some reason. As a result, India have been struggling to take wickets in the middle overs which has become a massive issue for the Indian team off late.
The Pakistani also commented about India lacking a quality strike bowler who can break partnerships.
I’m repeatedly saying India are missing a strike bowler. Chahal came in place of Kuldeep, he did well but they lacked someone who could put his hand up when they needed wickets,