Yet another hapless performance by the Indian bowlers in New Zealand. What could spell doom for MS Dhoni and his merry men in the Test series is that already losing out the ODI series and now could see the Test matches slip away too if the batsmen don’t come to the party.
Yet another hapless performance by the Indian bowlers in New Zealand. What could spell doom for MS Dhoni and his merry men in the Test series is that already losing out the ODI series and now could see the Test matches slip away too if the batsmen don’t come to the party. What seemed funny is the fact that beleaguered bowler, Ishant Sharma characterising his own bowling efforts rather than the team’s bowling performance. I think I have been bowling well … The way I am bowling at the moment, I am very happy.” said the Delhi pacer after the 1st day’s play. When the hosts were reduced at 54 for 3, it seemed India had this match in the bag and the Kiwis might bundle up soon. But up came the revival from the skipper Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson who both struck tons and a 200-plus stand to derail India’s momentum at the end of day 1 of the 1st Test match.
Credit goes due to the Black Caps who have fought well and in this Test, the batsmen showed valour and courage to battle out of a difficult situation. As far as the Indian bowling tank is concerned, even if a ‘fit’ Zaheer Khan could not be the saving grace as the visitors look to have a say in this Test (atleast). Dhoni often criticises his bowlers and batsmen for not performing well and in this case, what ‘excuse’ does the skipper have up his sleeve?
Even if Kane Williamson in his post match comments said that the Indian bowlers were ‘threatening’, well they weren’t! Something just does not look good in that camp. Once upon a time, a very happy bunch of players, these days carry a dejected and a sombre mood. And it clearly reflects in their performances.
In a report published in the Times of India, it emerged that former Aussie bowler; Glenn Mcgrath is in line to work with the Indian pacers. Ofcourse, Mcgrath who is connected with the MRF Pace Academy which trains many Indian bowlers and the Aussie legend is glad to work with them. McGrath, who represented Australia in 124 Tests, 250 ODIs and 2 T20 internationals was quoted in the paper, “It will be a great opportunity. I would love to work with the young Indian crop.”
Another Aussie who is working with the Indian management, Joe Dawes has proved invaluable (simply going by the performance of the Indian pacers off late).
Why not, give it a go! Mcgrath has been one of the finest bowlers in the world of cricket and his tips to the likes of Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar might come in handy. Just imagine how handy the tips could keeping in mind India’s tours to England and Australia this year.
MS Dhoni is either dozing or his India team are on a vacation rather than a Tour. It’s time the Team woke up from the slumber and especially the bowlers.
A team that is managed by one of the richest boards in the world, could remain poor if their performances don’t improve on the field.