Pathan is clearly struggling. His pace is dropping by the minute! He bowls at 120s these days! At this pace, Indiajust can’t open the bowling with him anymore. To make matters worse at second change he was belted all around the park! He managed just two overs in the previous match and 4 in the most recent. I suspect he will be dropped for the next match against WI despite his good knock in the first ODI. Without 10 decent overs from Pathan in the Champions trophy, India’s bowling reserves are going to be stressed. Viru, Sachin and Yuvra will have to be regular bowlers and not just backups. Might certainly prove to be better than relying on Pathan based on his current form.
Sreesanth must be having nightmares thinking of his World Cup chances, as this series progresses. He has been dumped for the Champions trophy and is unsure of a place in the team for the next two games! Is he another Tinu Yohanan in the making?