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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Bowling: A Cause of Concern for India in World Cup 2011

India is considered as one of the favorites in the ongoing World Cup Cricket 2011. They started off very well, clinching a big-margin victory over Bangladesh in the opening match. However, their weak bowling was brutally exposed by the English batsmen on Sunday as England tied India’s total of 338 runs.

No Indian bowlers could dominate over the English batsmen. In fact, most of them even failed to show any resistance against Strauss and Bell, let alone dominance. What was clear from India’s bowling performance is that they must consider a plan B with their bowling attack.

Even against Bangladesh Indian bowlers were not at their best and it was only India’s batting that ensured an easy victory that day. If Nehra is fit, he should be brought in the next game against Ireland.

For spin attack, Yusuf Pathan cannot be a reliable spinner you can trust for 10 overs regularly. His batting could be effective in the batting power-plays, but it did not happen in many matches. More than that, there is no use of carrying an extra batsman when you bowlers are conceding all the runs scored by your batsmen. So, the ultimate solution is to play an extra spinner, and thus, increasing maximum spin options for Dhoni.

Overall, I think, India should play Ravichandran Ashwin alongside Harbhajan and Chawla at the cost of a batsman.

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