Over the years, there has been a theory which states that India is a land of top-class and technically sound batters. However, in the current scenario the times have surely changed massively. Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, it is the Indian bowlers and not the batters who are the talking point. But the change in perception did not happen overnight. It has taken a couple of years for the Indian team management to create a pool of fast bowlers who have the perfect mix of skills and pace to push opposition batsmen on the backfoot.
With the likes of fast bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with the all-round abilities of Hardik Pandya, Indian captain Virat Kohli is blessed to have a fierce pace bowling line-up. This also goes with the extraordinary wrist-spin duo comprising of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell also reckons that India has got a great variety in its bowling attack along with the trio of fast bowlers who can be exceptional in favourable conditions.
“While not possessing the outright pace of England or Australia, India do have great variety and a trio of fast bowlers who can be exceptional in favourable conditions,” wrote Ian Chappell in his latest column.
“Throw in Hardik Pandya as a handy fast-bowling allrounder and Virat Kohli has plenty of options,” he added.
Wicket-taking is going to play a crucial role
Chappell mentioned that wicket-taking bowlers will play a crucial role in deciding this World Cup in England and Wales. He stated that the team that consistently picks up wickets in the middle-overs will most likely end up lifting the coveted title.
“Wicket-taking is going to play a crucial role in deciding this World Cup. Despite the modern gung-ho batting style, this is not an easy contract to fulfil when the tournament reaches the knockout stage. The team that consistently takes wickets — particularly through the middle overs — is the one most likely to lift the trophy,” noted Chappell.
“In an era where big bats and big scores, with occasional monumental battering, have proliferated ODIs, there are still some seriously good bowling attacks gearing up for 2019 World Cup,” he concluded.