Originally Posted by Turbinator
That obviously wasn't what I was trying to imply there. But what I am saying is that, if you think two games is enough to pass judgement on our middle order and consider it to be a genuine area of concern, then so be it. But I refuse to forget the good results shown by our batting order in games prior to the WC (over a longer period of time) and label it as such so early on in the tournament. There is no doubt in my mind that it will come good, and we will see if I am right or wrong in the coming weeks. But no where in my post did I imply that our middle order is divine.
The way Yuvraj had played in the last 3 games, the way Pathan and Kohli batted in South Africa, they are bound to fail at some point or another. Of course the reverse also applies for our top order. Such is the nature of sport, at the end of the day we can only speculate and predict.
That's the beauty of World Cups though. How well you've played in the lead up to the tournament doesn't matter, it's how you're playing here and now that matters.
When your entire lower middle order has imploded spectacularly twice and your bowling has twice made pathetic attempts at defending big totals then you have a serious problem.