Though the Indian team would be high on self-assurance after its emphatic win over Australia in the second ODI, the perennial problem with seam-bowlers continues to be a being concerned factor. Indian seamers are still labouring to attach to the basics in the ongoing sequence against Aussies, their bowling has been attractive ordinary so far.
In the one-off Twenty20, while batting first Aussie batsmen posted a formidable total of 201 runs. They literally toyed with the Indian bowling strike by striking boundaries at will. But the comeback man Yuvraj Singh came to their rescue by playing a blistering knock of 77 runs in just 55 globes as India chased the total with six wickets and two balls to spare.
In the first ODI of the seven-match sequence at Pune, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. And one time afresh Australian batsmen thrashed Indian bowlers all over the reserve, particularly the Indian seamers — Ishant Sharma and Vinay Kumar — who went for over 7.54 sprints in the 16 overs they bowled.
Apart from their poor economy rate, their line and extent was another facet which would have bothered MS Dhoni. Even the Aussie tail-enders tallied sprints freely off Ishant. In fact, his catastrophic bowling in the first ODI compelled commentator Wasim Akram to state that Sharma desires to get better at bowling yorkers. Akram was once Sharma’s adviser in the IPL-franchise KKR. India’s famed batting line up disintegrated and India lost the game by humiliating 72 runs.
In the second ODI, every person was expecting that Indian seamers — particularly Vinay and Ishant – would learn from their past errors and bowl a tighter line and length. But they one time afresh recurring their mistakes which assisted Australia to tally their highest total on Indian dirt surpassing their preceding best of 350 four which came at Hyderabad in 2009. The Aussies put up a mammoth total of 359 runs on the board. one time afresh, both the seamers were costly and went for over 70 runs each.
particularly in the last ten overs, Indian bowlers looked clueless and conceded 122 sprints as George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell dispatched the Indian players on a leather-hunt.
Their poor bowling performance even annoyed the ‘cool and serene’ Indian skipper MS Dhoni. He asserted in the mail agree ceremony: “We need to advance our bowling. The cause is that if you attempt a yorker and it becomes a low full toss, it’s fine. But if it becomes a waist-high full toss, then the margin is too much. It’s one area we are looking to improve.”
hit bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, has impressed numerous with his wicket-taking proficiency with the new ball. His impeccable line and extent and the proficiency to swing the ball both ways have made him a powerful strike bowler. But so far his incompetence to provide the early innovations in the sequence has cost India affectionately.
Though India has one of the best batting line-ups in the world, but even that can’t guarantee a triumph each time their adversaries put up a total of over 300 sprints.
Third ODI match of the series would be the last chance for Indian seamers to rectify their errors and bowl in the right localities not only to halt sprints but to choose wickets as well. Otherwise, Indian selectors have to take some definitive steps while announcing the team for the rest of the series by showing the doorway way to a twosome of the Indian bowlers. Another danger, particularly for Vinay and Ishant is that selectors have a twosome of choices in the form of Jaidev Unadkat and speedster, Umesh Yadav. So, before it’s too late for the under-performers, they should rebound back in the third ODI which is to be performed on Saturday at Mohali – regrettably a placid track.