New Delhi: India’s lack of a sixth bowling option is being cited as one of the major reasons for the ODIs in Australia, in which the visitors lost the first two matches and the series.
When Hardik Pandya got into the scene in 2016, it seemed India’s eternal hunt for the next seam-bowling all-rounder after Kapil Dev was embodied. His presence was a consolation for high-order batsmen, freeing them from the responsibility of honoring their bowling skills.
With Pandya’s injury now out of the five regular bowlers, there is no decent sixth bowling option if anyone has an off day. Indian cricket no longer has the luxury of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Sachin, Ganguly and Raina.
The worrying trend is that top-order batsmen don’t bowl. In recent times, batsmen have been reluctant to bowl on the Nets. Former India wicketkeeper Vijay Dahiya, currently with the Delhi Capitals as a talent scout, has identified the growing support staff in the teams as a key factor in this growth.
“There are three or four coaches and throwdown specialists in IPL and state teams these days, so top-order batsmen do not have to roll their sleeves to give some practice to lower-order batsmen, unlike 10-20 years ago,” said Dahiya, head coach of Delhi State team and assistant coach at KKR. Told TOI.
“When I was training in Delhi, I made sure these batsmen bowled over the Tailors for 20 minutes. But this is a passing phase. Now people have grasped the opportunity. They will start taking bowling more seriously,” he said.
The Indian team’s administration did not expect this. Rohit Sharma tried to hone his off-spin but quit due to shoulder and finger injuries. Shreyas Iyer was recognized as a leg-spin selection last year, but he also did not work in his bowling. Shubman Gill, who was believed to be bowling decent, but did not train late. “This is why the final selection panel can bat Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube in the top five and chip in with a few overs. They were asked to work on their bowling. Has said.
Like Dahiya, Prasad also hopes the series will encourage more batsmen to work on their bowling and that India will soon have more options.
This stage is similar to the time when many wicketkeeper-batsmen were vying for the same slot as Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav. “But have any of them successfully graduated to the next level?” Asks former Indian wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta. “Only KL Rahul has been able to grow honest and wicketkeeping. So to become a sixth or seventh bowler, you have to be honest about it.”
Dasgupta said: “It is important to encourage high-order batsmen of this new generation to bowl more, as in the past. You pick a player on merit but you have to be careful not to go too far.
The Indian team’s handling of the T20 World Cup a year back is fortunate. It’s time for former national selector Dewang Gandhi to take on more of a hardcore batsman who is looking for another back-up all-rounder. “It is not a bad idea to raise the Hardik order and place the backup all-rounder at 6th place. Kedar Jadhav won the World Cup against Ambati Rayudu because he can bowl some overs. The regular top-order batsman must be sacrificed. Said.
The issue of afflicting white-ball cricket in India was as clear as ‘indefinite number 4’ a year ago. The team has plenty of time to plug this hole before the next mega event arrives in a year’s time.