India may have won the World Cup but success has been marginal since, if it has come at all. A look at why the ODI series in England does not evoke confidence from the reigning World Champions, as it should. (Agency images)
MS Dhoni: Under fire for losing and losing players to injuries by the dozens. Being India skipper has been tough. Experiments have not clicked and team has not backed him with full potential showcased during the World Cup earlier.
Sachin Tendulkar: A class-act whose much-awaited stellar innings is still awaited. The team may have gifted him a World Cup but Tendulkar needs now to gift the team a win, even if cricket is not about one man alone.
Virat Kohli: An unforgiving player, he has been iffy off late. He can pack a punch with the bat or bowl with success, two aspects that have given his cricket a skip in the recent past.
Suresh Raina: Led the team in the West Indies and ought to lead the middle-order now to avoid collapses. Has not done so, so far with considerable success. Needs to plug that repeating anarchy at the fall of a wicket, or two.
Rohit Sharma: Can be deadly in ODIs. May not be struggling with form or injury but the overall team performance takes the sheen off his abilities as well.
R Ashwin: Thrashed during the T20 in Manchester. Needs to know international fixtures are not IPL, Superkings is not Team India and sub-continent pitches are not like the English tracks.
Munaf Patel: Win the World Cup, he smiles, lose it and he smiles. Has not shown his hunger to be amongst the wickets and needs to take more advantage of the pace-friendly conditions in England.
Rahul Dravid: Much has been appreciated about this man on this tour. We won't add to it. Should look to make his last ODI series memorable for him and for the team.
Ajinkya Rahane: Took IPL by storm; took the only T20 against England by its horns and shred it to pieces. Too young to rely on completely but a good prospect nonetheless. Here is to hoping we are forced to change the headline above, after the ODIs beginning Saturday.
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