Anil Kumble Expects A Better Show From Indian Bowlers In ODI Series
Former Indian coach and skipper Anil Kumble expects a better bowling performance from the Indian bowlers in the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies. Kumble believes the bowlers will need to pull up their socks against the Windies batters. The Indian bowlers could not defend 170 runs in the second T20I at Thiruvanthapuram.
Meanwhile, almost all the visitors’ batsmen are power-hitters and it is a difficult job to contain them. Consequently, the Indian bowling battery should be right on the money with their bowling. On the other hand, the Indian bowlers had done a decent job in the third T20I when the batsmen posted 240 runs on the board.
Kumble wants bowlers to pull up their socks.
“I’d like to see the bowling come through because, against West Indies, it would yet be a challenge. They’re all-powerful hitters and it is going to be good surfaces and hence, you would want the bowling to come good,” Kumble said while speaking at Star Sports’ Nerolac Cricket Live show.
On the other hand, Anil Kumble believes Shreyas Iyer should bat at number four. The Mumbai batsman has grabbed the opportunity with both hands and he has sealed the much-talked-about spot for the time being.
The right-hander has delivered strong performances and he would like to continue in a similar fashion. Shreyas Iyer scored two knocks of 71 and 69 in the two ODIs he played against the West Indies in August while batting at number five.
“We have seen Shreyas Iyer’s quality and he has grown in stature so I would like him to be at number four,” he said.
India had clinched the T20I series by 2-1 and they would like to continue their form going in the ODI series. However, West Indies have shown that they are not going to be a pushover side and India will need to be at their best if they are to beat them.
The first ODI will take place in Chennai on the 15th of December.
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