1 Bowlers Have Been Unable to Break the Opening CombinationIn the first ODI, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla put on 152 for the opening wicket and they put on 194 in the 2nd ODI. The Indian bowlers have looked out of ideas and they were just going through the motions In contrast the South African bowlers put India in a lot of strife exploiting the conditions to put a lot of confusion in the minds of the Indian batsmen.
2 Top Three Have FailedShikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have scored majority of runs for India. In the first ODI they scored a combined 31 runs and in the second game Rohit got 19 while Dhawan and Virat fell for ducks this has pegged India back considerably.
3 The Middle-Order Has Under-PerformedThe Middle-Order has not really stood up and have lacked the fighting spirit. Dhoni’s 65 is the only half-century for India so far but that proved futile as the damage had already been inflicted by South Africa in the first ODI Raina has been peppered with a lot of short stuff and he has not looked comfortable facing it.
4 Selection IssuesYuvraj Singh was injured so that paved way for Ajinkya Rahane’s selection. But dropping two fast bowlers – Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar after the pounding they got at Johannesburg showed the selection issues faced by MS Dhoni With Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma not impressing in the 2nd ODI the selection conundrum still persists for Dhoni ahead of the final ODI and also for the Test matches.
5 AcclimatisationIndia began the gruelling tour directly with the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series facing the South African pace battery. The batsmen struggled with the movement and bounce thereby showing their technical ineptitude thereby leaving the team in a quandary.
“Our batsman will have to quickly adjust to the bounce and figure out which deliveries we need to leave. We’re playing the ODIs first and given the way we’ve performed in the format, the 50-over game will allow our batsman to play shots, score runs, and in turn get rid of nerves factor. A positive factor is that our Test and ODI squads are almost the same,” said Dhoni before the team departed to South Africa Sadly the batsmen have not shown the teeth for a fight.