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Bowlers Put India’s Chances For World T20 In The Driver’s Seat

March 13, 2016

Jasprit

Batting has never been the matter of discord for Team India. But when it comes to bowling, the phrase that best describes their bowlers is “fast they come and faster they go”. There have been good starts and there also have been great starts for their debutants with the ball. But somehow someway none of the bowlers who looked promising on their arrival to this arena could step up to become the spearhead of their bowling line up. Since the retirement of Zaheer Khan the Men in Blues have been missing someone who can take that lead role, more importantly can bowl at the death.

A number of bowlers have come in and gone out almost in a knick of time. India tried different types of bowlers as well. At times they went for the bowlers who can bowl fast. But after realizing that they won’t be able to trouble the batsmen outside the sub-continent only with pace, they opted for the ones who can bowl with a greater deal of control. Again, when there is not too much in the pitch for the bowlers, with the ball not moving the batsmen are likely to put them away with ease. Something which the team seriously lacked was variation in bowling. It’s easy to say that in the final overs one should try to stretch the batsman making him reach out for the ball, bowl wide Yorkers or something like that; but at the same time one should keep in mind that not many bowlers can execute that delivery.

However somewhere down the horizon they kept lurking for the ray of hope to flourish, and yes, they have certainly found something at the bilateral T20 series against Australia and got the right combination going since then. Bumrah’s emergence seems to have sorted out the worries to a good extent as far as the death bowling is concerned. While playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL he has learnt the art of executing the Yorker to perfection from master of toe-crusher himself. Apart from that he has a good slower one and a well directed bouncer as well. That makes him just the perfect man to throw the ball at for the death overs. Moreover he can bowl upfront and swing the ball both ways, he can also come in the middle overs and contain; hence providing his captain extra options.

Now with the kind of form Bumrah is in, I wonder he is starting as the first name on the team-sheet. The question to be asked is that who will be his bowling peer. In this regard even though Ashish Nehra is enjoying a good spell of his second coming and Nehra-Bumrah combination seems well accomplished, still MS Dhoni would be hoping that Mohammad Shami finds his rhythm in whatever little time and opportunities he gets. Because like Bumrah, Shami can also be equally effective with the new ball and at the backend of the innings as well. The only concern with him is that he hasn’t played competitive matches for a while.

Hardik Pandya’s role as a 3rd seamer who can chip in with a couple or may be 3 overs will be important. He might be a little expensive at times, but certainly he has become an integral part of the Indian bowling. May be he will improve with the more time he spends in bowling. Other youngster Pawan Negi will try to cement his place in the playing XI as well. However the way he has been used so far, it seems like he is playing more like a batting all-rounder who can roll his arms a bit and for that reason Ravindra Jadeja could start a step ahead of him in this regard. Obviously playing Jadeja bears a big advantage in fielding. He is easily one of the best fielders of the team, one who can field anywhere and has a rocket arm can make a lot of difference, especially when it’s a 20 over game a side.

Ashwin being the trump card of Indian bowling line up will hold the baton of responsibilities. He has been carrying his form all the way from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2014. His ability to make the batsmen struggle for runs and produce genuine wicket taking deliveries even in the shorter version of the game is going to be an asset for his team. One simply can’t ask for anything more if Ravichandran Ashwin is bowling in sublime form backed by the turning tracks of the sub-continent.

 The other off spinner Harbhajan Singh has also looked in decent form too. He is bringing all his experience come into play and it makes him a strong candidate for handling pressure of the high voltage matches, something what he has been doing for more than one decade and a half. And as I mentioned earlier, India will look forward to Yuvraj’s uncanny ability of providing important breakthroughs in the short spells he gets to bowl. As it turns out to be, he is getting closer to hit his golden patch with the bat. It will give him a lot of confidence with the ball in hand too.

The biggest positive to happen with the Indian team since their tour of Australia is that the bowlers have minimized their captain’s longstanding bowling worries. Right now with so many aces up in their sleeves the Indian bowling looks an all-round package where a variety of bowlers can fluctuate according to the needs. What more it has done is that MS Dhoni will have less to think regarding who will bowl in which stage of the game.

 Over the years top teams around the world have found it difficult to beat India in India even at times when the sub-continental giants didn’t posses the greater traits of being the better side on paper. But time to time they have produced some real gems in their batting along with the occasional bowlers who could turn the match on its head. However as we look ahead for the biggest carnival around, India are the only team to have coasted their way into this tournament with a thumping spell of victories. With the added boost in their bowling department it makes even harder for any opponent to hold off the Indian challenge in front of the massive crowd which will turn up every time Dhoni and his men walk out in the field.

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One Comment
  1. Really Great Bowling

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