posted on 2019-06-29 19:29:50
posted by Sahil Jain
When we talk about India as a cricketing nation, the first players that come to mind are always the batsmen. We constantly talk about them and the headlines are all about them. Historically, India has been termed as a ‘batting country’.
However, the perception is fast changing. The bowlers are no more pushovers or reliant on the batsmen. They’ve told the world that they can win games all by themselves.
India have had a magnificent start in this World Cup. They are the only unbeaten team so far in this competition and the major credit for that has to go to the bowling attack. While the batsmen have blown hot and cold a touch, the bowling has stood up in every single game.
Be it the fast bowlers or the spinners, everybody has played a part. They have been the best bowling side in this tournament. Overall, their numbers are excellent as well. They average 25.11 and have an economy of 4.81. Their strike-rate of 31.2 is outstanding as well. Hence, the Indian bowling has been the standout in this World Cup and has been one of the reasons for their success.
And the best part about this bowling attack has been that there has not been one bowler who has stood out and has overtaken the others in terms of wickets. It’s been a proper collective effort. In fact, India don’t have any bowler featuring in the list of top five wicket-takers.
Yuzvendra Chahal is their leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets and is placed at No. 9 on that list of leading wicket-takers. Jasprit Bumrah has led the pace attack beautifully and has been lethal. He’s picked up nine wickets while it’s been just two games since Mohammed Shami was picked in the XI and he’s had an impact straight away, picking up eight wickets in two games.
The other bowlers have chipped in well too. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was excellent in the two full games he played before hurting his hamstring in the third. Kuldeep Yadav has bowled well but hasn’t picked up a lot of wickets. Hardik Pandya has bowled pretty well too. Vijay Shankar bowled only in one game and picked up a couple of wickets.
Moreover, only two bowlers (Pandya and Chahal) who’ve bowled significantly in this World Cup have an economy in excess of 5. India’s bowling has been so good that they’ve not had to use Kedar Jadhav a lot in this World Cup. In fact, Jadhav has bowled a mere six overs in this tournament.
Moreover, there is Ravindra Jadeja waiting in the wings. He can be effective too when the conditions are in his favour and can keep the run-flow under check. Also, India will face a big dilemma when Bhuvneshwar Kumar regains full fitness.
The Meerut lad has done really well in the first couple of games but Shami has come in and has been absolutely brilliant. He’s picked up a couple of four-fers and is bowling fast and is troubling the opposition. Hence, they will have to make a choice between the two. Such is the luxury India have at the moment. Also, Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t had a standout spell but has been a massive threat to the opposition batsmen every time he’s run into bowl.
Thus, this attack has to be one of the best India have ever got in a World Cup. When the batsmen failed in the last couple of games against Afghanistan and West Indies, they took it upon themselves to win India the games. Hence, bowling and not batting has to be India’s strength in this World Cup. And it is this attack is the best in this World Cup.