ICC World Cup 2019: India Have a Great Bowling Attack Which Makes Them One of the Favourites Says Ian Chappell
Former Australian great Ian Chappell is of the opinion that the Indian team has a very strong bowling attack which makes them one of the firm favourites to win the title. They have variety in their bowling attack who on their day has the ability to dismantle any batting line-up. The main matches of the showpiece event start on 30th May. The first match of the tournament will be played between England and South Africa.
Meanwhile, Ian Chappell believes that the team who has the ability to pick regular wickets especially in the middle overs will be the favourites for the tournament and might lift the coveted World Cup title.
“In an era where big bats and big scores, with occasional monumental battering, have proliferated ODIs, there are still some seriously good bowling attacks gearing up for 2019 World Cup,” Ian Chappell was quoted as saying in his column for the ESPN Cricinfo.
“Wicket-taking is going to play a crucial role in deciding this World Cup. Despite the modern gung-ho batting style, this is not an easy contract to fulfil when the tournament reaches the knockout stage. The team that consistently takes wickets — particularly through the middle overs — is the one most likely to lift the trophy,” he added.
Chappell believes that India despite not having the express pace like England and Australia have a balanced bowling attack who has a great variety and might be favourable for them in the showpiece event.
“While not possessing the outright pace of England or Australia, India does have great variety and a trio of fast bowlers who can be exceptional in favourable conditions,” he wrote.
“If there’s any moisture in the pitches then Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are skilled enough to take full advantage. If, however, the pitches start to wear and the conditions are dry, then Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are a dangerous wicket-taking combination.”
The Men in Blue started of their World Cup campaign on a disappointing note after losing their opening warm-up clash against New Zealand. The batters were found wanting in front of the pace and swing of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were dismissed cheaply. It was Ravindra Jadeja who played a brilliant knock and propelled India to a score of 180 runs.
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