10 instances where left-arm pacers shattered India’s batting line-up in ODIs
Over the years, Indian batters have struggled against the left-arm pacers.
Updated - Jul 25, 2022 4:15 pm
India are one of the batting powerhouses having the potential to set targets as well as chase down mammoth ones with some outstanding performances on the 22 yards. They currently have a famed top-order including the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, skipper Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli in their arsenal who have made stellar individual contributions by successfully making their bat do the talking on countless occasions, especially in One-Day Internationals.
However, there have been a few occasions when the Indian top-order has struggled and even the middle and the lower-order batters succumbed under pressure with way too much weight on their shoulders. On many occasions, left-arm pacers of the opposition have decimated India’s batting line-up in the 50-over format.
Without further ado, here’s a look at 10 of them:
10. Trent Boult
New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult has the ability to single-handedly destroy any batting line-up and even the Indian batters had to suffer his wrath on one occasion. This happened during the fourth match of their home bilateral series against the Men in Blue which was played in Hamilton in January 2019.
Boult registered a fifer with his incredible left-arm pace that left the Indian batters totally clueless on what seemed to be a perfect bowling track. Skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni did not play in that contest and once Boult accounted for openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the untested middle-order failed to make any impact and the visitors were skittled for just 92 in the 31st over.
Trent Boult finished with figures of 5/21 from his 10 overs including four maidens as the Kiwis registered a comprehensive win by eight wickets.