India's Top-Order a Concern for Sunil Gavaskar

India defeated West Indies at Feroz Shah Kotla but Sunil Gavaskar feels the batting at the top needs to contribute more and provide a launch pad for batsmen next in the line.

updated: October 12, 2014 22:57 IST
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Shikhar Dhawan walks back after being dismissed by Jerome Taylor (R).


New Delhi: India won a match that the team was on the cusp of losing against West Indies, here on Saturday. Chasing 264, the tourists' batting imploded and it handed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side a 48-run win. But former captain Sunil Gavaskar said he feels India's batting has scope for improvement as well and that the top-order should contribute with more runs. (Match runs | Highlights)

At Feroz Shah Kotla, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and skipper Dhoni hit fifties to propel India's innings after the hosts chose to bat first. While Kohli's return to form pleased Gavaskar, he said a bigger score could have put the team in a better position.

"With Virat Kohli out of form and for him to get so much time in the middle is a big plus. But I think it is at the top of the order that India really has to work because they haven't given the start. Either one is scoring or the other is and that is a bit iffy. If India can get off to a big start - an 80, 90 or even a 100, it makes it easy for numbers three, four and five in the batting lineup," Gavaskar told NDTV. (We didn't play to our potential: Dhoni)

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