We need three fast bowlers to do well at Cricket World Cup says Srinath
Bowling seems to be the biggest hurdle in achieving third World Cup trophy for India. Despite some issues plaguing the Indian batting, it can still be counted among the worldâ€™s top four batting sides, if not the best.
There are some issues of inconsistency involved. Batsmen havenâ€™t clicked in the Australian conditions thus far. Top order has floundered the same way as middle order.
But we can be pretty sure that the batting side will be OK as they reached there well in advance to acclimate themselves in the local conditions. They will be for more than a month here before the first world cup match and so they will be able to adjust to the condition.
Besides it will also help them understand the local pitch and after regular practice they will be able to bat rather well under these circumstances. Till the triseries they were definitely not able to do. Three thrashings must have given them enough idea as to what was going wrong.
But the most important issue affecting the side is obviously bowling department. There is no denying the fact that fast bowling has never been the strong point of any Indian team and they’ve traditionally relied on their wristy, nimble-footed batsmen to score those extra runs to win matches.
Now the teamâ€™s bowling is being led by Ishant Sharma who is also not hundred percent fit. Others like Shami too are rather struggling. But Indian Coach Duncan Fletchers doesnâ€™t agree with it and says, â€œWhat makes this team special is that over the last few years they have faced all kinds of situations in the limited overs cricket and have shown they are capable of coming out successfully from all of themâ€¦That’s why I say that we have a good chance to win this World Cup.”
But others have different idea. Indiaâ€™s former bowling great Venkatesh Prasad actually knows the ills afflicting the Indian team. He has a few word of advice for the struggling pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. “You just have to bowl stump-to-stump. There is no need to try anything extraordinary. In the shorter format, you just got to keep it tight and not give any width to the batsmen. That is the consistency our bowlers need to develop,” Prasad told PTI in an exclusive interview. Prasad, who has played in two ODI World Cups in 1996 and 1999 and the bowling coach during India’s victorious World T20 campaign in 2007, is a bit worried about team’s form. “To a certain extent, yes,” he answered.
He has some very practical words for Indian bowlers. â€œHaving said that, the boys have got a gap for about two weeks. They have got the time to fix the flaws detected during the Australia tour. They might not have done well so far but World Cup is a new beginning. “Just one win in a high intensity game against Pakistan, would give their morale a huge boost for the subsequent games,” said Prasad, who himself played stellar role in tormenting Pakistan in the two editions (1996 and 1999) that he played in. His animated send-off of Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail during 1996 Bangalore quarter-final is a part of Indo-Pak cricketing folklore as much as his brilliant spell of swing bowling on a cool Old Trafford afternoon in 1999.
Pakistan has been a rather easy target for Indian in world cup matches. While talking of his experience against Pakistan he says, “My performances against Pakistan has been a sheer co-incidence. It is nice to hear that my name comes up whenever people speak about Indo-Pak World Cup clashes. I am sure there would be many more players, who would create historyâ€. Having “been there and done that”, Prasad is eagerly awaiting for the marquee match between the arch-rivals at Adelaide, hoping India would better their tournament record against Pakistan to 6-0.
Meanwhile Javagal Srinath, one of teh ebst Indian bowlers said that India needs three fast bowlers in the world cup. â€œBowling will be very crucial. We need three fast bowlers to do really well. Bowlers win matches on many occasions. I hope Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharama, Mohammed Shami and Stuart Binny put their might behind and do well for the team”.
While talking about the strength of Indian bowling he added, â€œWe are strongâ€¦there is no doubt about it. There is a decent amount of experience and they have spent enough time in Australia. I think they have understood the conditions better now and they know what to do and I am sure they will do well.â€
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