Rohit can be a middle-order option – Manjrekar

South Africa in India 2015-16

October 27, 2015

ESPNcricinfo staff

Having lost both the T20 & ODI series to South Africa, India are in post-mortem mode. In this wide-ranging analysis, Sanjay Manjrekar reflects on five areas of concern

Pace-bowling concerns
India’s pace attack lacked wicket-taking ability and leaked runs, especially in the final ODI in Mumbai where Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma went at over 10 runs an over.



Manjrekar: India’s pacers have limited talent and have to be smart

Where is the next allrounder?
While there have been bits-and-pieces players who have been used as allrounders, India are still searching for a genuine allrounder.



Manjrekar: India have not found a genuine allrounder

Middle-order muddle
India chopped and changed batting positions during the ODI series, which left their line-up unsettled.



Manjrekar: Rohit can be a middle-order option

Raina’s future comes under a cloud
Suresh Raina, having managed only 68 runs, including two ducks, failed when India needed him to fire in the death overs. Raina was hurried by pace and his short-ball problem continued.



Manjrekar: Raina continued to struggle against the short ball

What will be the impact of the ODI series on the Test series?
South Africa will be confident after winning both the T20 and ODI series, but will be challenged on turning pitches.



Manjrekar: South Africa will be challenged on turning pitches

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