Well, before we go through the vital observations made by the former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar, let us have a look at the range of the economy achieved by our talented bowlers against Australia today.

Obviously, Team India has lost their first practice match by a margin of 106 runs. Only R Ashwin could contain the run rate as his economy remains best among Indian bowlers at 4.83. The replacement bowler for Ishant Sharma, Mohit has resulted in worst performance with dismal economy of 10.33. All others have followed the suit with Jadeja (9.50), Axar Patel (9.40) Mohammed Shami (8.89), Binny (6.83) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (6.20) and Yadav (5.77). With this kind of bowling, expecting miracles from Team India will be hoping against hope. Even the batsmen could not fulfill their potential.

Today, batting first Australia piled up a huge score of 371 runs against a totally flopped Indian bowling attack in the first warm-up match ahead of the World Cup on Sunday. The fire-brand batting exposed the weaknesses of Team India who are the defending champions. This poor show has left former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar in a furious mood.

Fielding first at Adelaide Oval, the Indians were again found guilty of bowling too short, too frequently. As a result, David Warner was first to show the spark – smashing 104 off 83. He eventually fell to the spin of young Axar Patel, but then Glen Maxwell took over to enjoy the feast inspired by the ordinary bowling. An annoyed Gavaskar asked during the innings break, “All I saw were short balls today. Where were the Yorkers?”

Gavaskar further opined, “I think the bowlers lack the confidence to pitch it up. They think they may be hit out of the park but that should not be the logic at all.”

The edge was totally missing from the Indian bowlers as the ball went sailing out on several occasions. The batsmen found it a child’s play to play strokes as and when desired. For Example, Maxwell took just 19 balls to reach from 50 to 100. The ineffective bowling attack helped in increasing the run-rate, as the hosts scored 103 off the final 50 deliveries.  Sunday’s brilliant batting show has depicted exactly why Australians are hot favorite whereas India’s bowling can humiliate the team in their journey in the World Cup.

Gavaskar has however continued to hope that much-needed repairs can work, as he said, “There is still some time left. This was only a practice match. The team can fix the problems before the World Cup begins officially.”

Hope Team India will make us comfortable when they take on Pakistan.



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