India’s Bowling Line Shines in Asia Cup, Raising Expectations for World Cup

2023-09-13 11:23:37

The performance in each match in the Asia Cup is increasing the level of expectation

With the ODI World Cup just around the corner, the fans were disappointed with the announcement of the team. Many expected players did not make it to the team. But things have turned upside down. Indian players have also started feeling the World Cup excitement with bat and ball. Especially the bowling line. The performance in each match in the Asia Cup is raising the level of expectation.

India have always had a bit more upside in batting. But the BCCI always had the question why the bowling level is not rising to the world class level. India is thinking differently in the context of many teams coming forward with a focus on batting. India are currently proving that they can win the match through the bowlers as well. India’s current ODI team is similar to the one that shaped the Test team.

Ahead of the Super Four match against Sri Lanka, there was concern that India would field all the important players. This is because India prepared for the match against Sri Lanka after a two-day match against Pakistan, including a reserve day. As Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul and others came back from injury, everyone was looking forward to see if Rohit Sharma would be ready to take the risk.

But India is not ripe for experiments. Jasprit Bumrah – Mohammad Siraj kept the pace partnership. Axar Patel replaced Shardul Thakur. The reason for that was the spin-friendly pitch in Colombo.

The Indian bowling line had to defend 356 runs against Pakistan. He crushed the arch-rivals by 128 runs. But against Sri Lanka things were the opposite. The batsmen gave only 213 runs in front to defend. The second innings was not a pitch that watered down the Indian batters. Besides, the wet outfield after the rain was also a challenge ahead.

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The big challenge ahead was to dominate Sri Lanka in the new ball. Jasprit Bumrah should have appeared for that. Bumrah’s performance against Pakistan was doubled against Sri Lanka. The challenge was too much against Sri Lanka. Because taking wickets is crucial.

While Bumrah returned Sri Lanka’s top two batsmen to the pavilion, Siraj took on the responsibility of the third player. India got the expected result in Newball. Later the responsibility fell to the trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel.

Like the match against Pakistan, it was Kuldeep who trapped the middle-order batsmen in front of the wicket against Sri Lanka. With Kuldeep consistently maintaining the line and length, nothing was easy for the batsmen coming to the crease. Kuldeep, who took five wickets against Pakistan and four against Sri Lanka, is sure to be the spearhead of Indian bowling in the World Cup. With Hardik Pandya also finding his rhythm, it can be considered that the bowling concerns have been resolved.

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