Renowned former Indian Cricketer Kirti Azad has recently showed concern over India’s ability to win the World Cup as it does not have a good bowling line-up. He believes that our current bowling line-up “hamper its chances” of retaining the title in the upcoming World Cup by Team India.

In an interview given to PTI, Azad seemed furious with injured players when he stated “Closer to the World Cup, if you are carrying so many injuries to your key bowlers in the side and not telling the team management about it clearly, it is like cheating the people of the country. I am shocked.”

He also insisted on the need to establish a set standard for mapping bowling performance of Indian bowlers by commenting “Unless we have a set bowling standard, we have no chance of doing well in the World Cup or for that matter any series.”

Azad also seemed quite furious with Ishant Sharma when he opined “Ishant Sharma does well in one match and then he gets injured for the rest of the season. Then what is the point in having him as the main bowler for India? Even after making a comeback following a rehabilitation, he plays a couple of matches and then gets injured again. It’s difficult to understand why the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), despite spending crores, fail to get a set team.”

Azad also seemed pessimistic about India’s chances in the World Cup when he added “Going by the current form, India do not have the kind of confidence that they should going into the World Cup.”

While concluding his interview, he questioned the performance issues of Indian players and also questioned their intent by saying “I find it really strange that we are always struggling in the Test matches and the One-day Internationals but I fail to understand how all our players suddenly become 100 per cent fit when it comes to playing in the Indian Premier League.”


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