India batsman Shreyas Iyer said India were still in transition period from T20s to ODIs and it showed in the way they lost the first 2 ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia. Iyer said India have understood that certain processes they followed weren’t working and that the team is looking to put up a better show in Wednesday’s dead rubber.
India have conceded an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series and will look to avoid a clean sweep when they face the hosts at the Manuka Oval in Canberra in the series finale. The visitors were handed a 66-run trashing in the opener and a 51-run defeat in the 2nd ODI.
Australia went on to make 374 in the first ODI and 389 in the 2nd ODI (their highest total against India in ODI history) as India bowlers looked ordinary in Sydney.
Iyer said India have taken the positives from the last 2 ODIs and that he is confident that India’s bowlers will come with a better show in Canberra as they look to avoid a 3-0 result.
“We are very much determined to win the next game and see to it that we don’t have a clean sweep,” Iyer told the press on Tuesday.
“The two losses, we are going to take positively. We played good cricket, in terms of batting. Obviously, the bowlers weren’t up to the mark but I am sure the bowlers are positive in their work ethics. Also, when we practiced today, we were able to see bowlers practicing with certain plans. And the meetings are spot on.”
Has not been easy for bowlers after IPL workload: Iyer
India’s problem has been their misfiring bowling attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. With Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal going for runs, India’s main bowlers have been taken to the cleaners by Australia batsmen. In both the ODIs, India failed to strike early as David Warner and Aaron Finch stitched two successive hundred-plus stands.
India have not been able to pull things back in the middle-overs as well as Steve Smith has dominated that phase, hitting two 62-ball hundreds in the series so far.
Iyer said it has not been easy for India’s bowlers to switch from Indian Premier League mode to ODI cricket and pointed out that they haven’t bowled long spells in quite some time.
“If you see the amount of workload they’ve gone through in the IPL – playing 14 games – and after that they’ve come here and stayed in quarantine – definitely it plays on your mind. And it plays with every individual in the team, it’s not just the bowlers,” Iyer said.
“We are working on some routines and processes which haven’t gone well for us in the last few games. And I am sure it’s just the transition phase from T20 to one-dayers. It is really difficult, especially for the bowlers coming in and bowling 10 overs on the trot.
“And also fielding for 50 overs. So it’s not at all easy from their point of view. There are many more matches coming ahead and I’m sure they’ll come back really strong and with a positive frame of mind.”