India innings (target: 439 runs from 50 overs)India innings (target: 439 runs from 50 overs) Rohit Sharma c Tahir b Abbott 16 Shikhar Dhawan c Amla b Rabada 60 Virat Kohli c de Kock b Rabada 7 Ajinkya Rahane c Behardien b Steyn 87 Suresh Raina b Rabada 12 Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Tahir 27 Axar Patel c Miller b Steyn 5 Harbhajan Singh c sub b Steyn 0 Bhuvneshawr Kumar c Miller b Tahir 1 Amit Mishra lbw b Rabada 4 Mohit Sharma not out 0 Extras:(LB-1 W-4) 5Total: (All out in 35.5 overs) 224 Fall of wickets: 1/22 2/44 3/156 4/172 5/185 6/195 7/201 8/210 9/219Bowling: Dale Steyn 7-0-38-3, Kagiso Rabada 7-0-41-4, Kyle Abbott 7-0-39-1, Farhaan Behardien 8-0-55-0, Imran Tahir 7-1-50-2. PTI PDS PM
The “Special One” is in deep trouble now and is looking rather ordinary. Nothing has worked for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho this season. This has been a disastrous year for the defending Premier League champions – they have won only three of their 12 matches and lost points on nine occasions, seven of which were defeats.Not surprisingly then, questions are being asked of the Portuguese. What has gone so terribly wrong for such a talented side in the matter of a few months?After Chelsea were hammered 3-1 at Stamford Bridge by Liverpool, there were calls for Mourinho’s head. When asked by a reporter if he expected to be sacked in the aftermath of the defeat, Mourinho responded typically: “I don’t know”. And when asked if Chelsea could recover from their current slump, he said: “Yes.” His cool and often aggressive demeanor has often enchanted fans and the media. But it’s okay to be cool when your team is winning titles and not losing matches with such alarming regularity.Also read: Chelsea players still behind Mourinho, says goalkeeper Begovic Clearly then, Mourinho is losing his long legion of supporters. Right? Wrong! A man who was signed up in 2013 with fanfare and palpable excitement would expect a long rope. Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo has said Mourinho has the backing of club owner Roman Abramovich despite the defeats and embarrassments.This show of support however did not help Chelsea from losing to Stoke City. The defending champions now face the risk of relegation. Chelsea have not lost three games in a row since Abramovich took control – he has now seen his darkest days as the club’s owner thanks to the “Special One.” The defeats against Liverpool, West Ham and Stoke City – all in the span of three weeks – would be hurting every Chelsea fan and player besides Abramovich.advertisementMourinho’s problems haven’t been just restricted to his team’s poor performance. He picked up a one-match stadium ban in the defeat vs West Ham and consequently had to communicate with his players via Skype. No wonder then that Stoke had such a field day against the champions. Mourinho has been known to shield his players from the heat but now within touching distance of relegation, the charismatic coach is feeling the pressure. He blamed “two ridiculous mistakes” in the drawn game against Newcastle, saying six of his players had not shown the “attitude, desire and commitment” he expected. He is now even pointing fingers at his own staff.But there has to be more to this poor run than lack of commitment. Are his own strategies getting predictable? In 12 matches so far this year, the Blues have conceded 23 goals – in the whole of last season, opponents could score only 32 against them.Also read: Chelsea’s Fabregas denies reports of rift with Mourinho Chelsea have of course been hurt with the absence of Thibaut Courtois and John Terry’s poor form. He has been as uninspiring as Mourinho himself and the team is struggling to put up a strong display. Branislav Ivanovic has also looked out of sorts. Kurt Zouma, a central defender by trade, has been played in various positions but that has reaped no results.Mourinho’s biggest problem has been Eden Hazard, who is a pale shadow of himself this year. The man who inspired Chelsea to glory last season has failed to fire for the team in 2015. Cesc Fabregas is hardly making any impact and their main man Diego Costa, is not even hitting the targets.Mourinho’s next big hope is the transfer window. Will that bring him any respite? Will Abramovich be patient enough to not wield the axe on the Portuguese? These are questions that will be answered in due course but Chelsea’s immediate challenge is to stay away from relegation. They take on Norwich City, who haven’t done much better either. A victory at home could be just the antidote a depressed Chelsea needs now. Who knows what could happen from thereon?