Indian Cricket team who was in Australia for the past 3 months was struggling in Test matches and the One Day Tri series that followed with Australia and England. Their performance in Test matches was poor as they lost in 2 out of 4 matches and in Triseries could not reach the finals. Come the Cricket World Cup 2015, things started changing and India is looking like a champion side in World Cup 2015.
Here we look at the Five positives from India’s turnaround in form.
1. Pace bowling in general
During the Test matches against Australia the pace trio of Shami, Yadav, Ishant Sharma were not only conceding too many runs but also did not ever looked like taking all 10 wickets in an innings in 4 Test matches. In the tri series that involved England and Australia the Indian pace bowlers looked jaded and did not bowl as well as they could. Injured Ishant returned was replaced by Mohit Sharma. Bhuwaneshwar Kumar also got injured but stayed back hoping to recover by the World Cup 2015 began. The pace trio Umesh Yadav, Mohmmad Shami and Mohit Sharma have been bowling brilliantly. They have bowled out the opponents 5 times picking 10 wickets every time. Mohmmad Shami is the leading wicket taker with 12 wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar played just one match against UAE and took one wicket at good economy rate. Of the 50 wickets of the opponents 25 wickets have been picked by the pacers which shows the disciplined pace bowling by the Indian pacers. Though the pace is still limited all of them have been keeping the line and length immaculate most of the times.
2. Ashwin coming back in form
Ashwin’s form in the Test series was poor as if he had forgot to spin the ball. He bowled well in the Test series against Australia but conceded too many runs. He was trying so many variations prior to the World Cup 2015. In the World Cup 2015 Ashwin has picked up wickets and also controlled the flow of runs. He is focusing on bowling more on his strengths. In the matches so far he has picked 11 wickets.
During the Test matches against Australia India’s fielding was poor. They dropped so many catches in the slip and outfield. In tri series also the fielding was not up to standard. Come the World Cup 2015 the fielding standard has gone up and most of the catches coming in their way have been taken. India’s fielding has some excellent young legs with the likes of Rahane, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadjea, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Suresh Raina. These fielders have created pressure on the batsmen and have attacked the batsmen of not allowing runs easily.
4. Batsmen scoring big runs
India’s batting in the Test matches against Australia had depended upon Virat Kohli, Rahane and Vijay. The tri series also followed similar pattern with batsmen not scoring big runs. In the World Cup 2015 the Indian batsmen have scored runs to put pressure on the opponent. Shikhar Dhawan’s form has been a huge boost for India as he has scored 2 centuries in the tournament so far. Virat Kohli and Rahane have been exceptional with their sublime batting skills and consistent performance. In the two matches India batted first India scored 300+ both times. Dhoni and Ashwin also contributed when the team was struggling against West Indies and won the match.
5. Positive Captaincy from Dhoni
The main turnaround in India’s form has been the positive captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In the Test matches he appeared too cool and let the game drift away. He also announced retirement from Test cricket. In the tri series also his captaincy looked short of ideas. In the World Cup 2015 MS Dhoni has made some attacking field setting, using his bowlers judiciously and restrict the opponents score runs in the five matches so far. Making the right bowling changes has made him special. In the process he has become the highest matches winning captain (W-12, L-1, Tie-1) for India in the World cup.
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