Young Indian opener Shafali Verma is an amazing front-runner, but he needs to work on his back to put pressure on the Australians, former Indian cricketer Nushin-al-Qadir said on Wednesday.
Shafali was able to score only 8 runs in the first ODI in which the spectators lost by nine wickets against Australia on Tuesday.
“In the first ODI, we saw them (the Australians) throwing the ball very low on her (Shafali) body. It is possible, ”said Kadir.
“But if Shafali is able to get on her back, I’m sure it’s going to take Australia to a backseat … she needs to work on her back now.”
Khadir, a former right-handed batsman and off-spinner, once backed captain Mithali Raj, who was often criticized for his slow strike rate.
“I think it’s very easy for us to sit down and solve a problem that has a strike rate, but as cricketers, we feel under what circumstances he behaved at bat,” Kadir said in a virtual con call when asked about Captain Mithali Raj’s criticism of the strike rate.
“It’s okay if I make 10 off 8 balls or a batter who can score 60-70, OK in 100 balls I would like to ask a question that contributes to those 60 runs. There is a difference.”
World No. 1 ODI batsman Raj recorded his fifth fifty in the first ODI against Australia. He has completed 20,000 career runs, but he is often criticized for his slow strike rate.
“I understand that the strike rate is important, but we have to understand the situation of a thunderstorm. Is the situation right to get a strike rate of 100-120 and what is happening,” said Kadir, who played in 78 ODIs. Test and 2D20.
The 40-year-old also pointed to a lack of contribution to the Middle Order.
“Over a period of time, if we look at the statistics, we see that our middle order does not contribute,” he said.
“So if we go with a 100 strike rate, if we miss her innings, she has no information, no contribution, so there will be criticism that we should have the contribution of the middle order.
“Otherwise, we will see India not even cross the 200 mark,” he said.
India will play two more ODIs, a day-night Test and a 3D20 during the series.
The second ODI of India’s women’s tour of Australia will be telecast on Sony Six channels on September 24 from 10.40 am and the third ODI on September 26 from 5.35 pm.