Indian bowlers need to back batsmen in World Cup: John Wright

Raj / 13 January 2015

Former Indian cricket coach John Wright happens to be a most seasoned cricketer. He feels the only way the current Team India can defend its World Cup title is by backing its exciting batting line-up with a fully effective bowling effort than what it has shown of late.

Wright said the team has got enough exposure by playing a four match Test series and is soon to play in the ODI Tri-series. He emphasized on the importance of a thorough and extensive support from bowlers and also the need for a meticulous fielding. He said “That team had been playing together for a longer period of time. This team is more unknown. Batting wise it looks as exciting as the one in 2011. Dhoni has had more leadership experience in one-day cricket. But a lot will depend on taking those early wickets and holding on to the catches. There will be two new white balls (in each innings), you want to take advantage of that. You want to be taking wickets, otherwise the game runs away from you.”

The sixty-year-old Wright, who is currently playing the crucial role of being coach of the Mumbai Indians in the IPL picked Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as India’s key players in the upcoming World Cup. He is particularly pleased to see Kohli doing well as a captain. He said “The most encouraging sign about Kohli is that he has performed (as a captain). It is very difficult to lead the side if you are not performing. Captaincy is like coaching. The more you do it, the more you learn. The impressive thing about him is that he leads with performance.”

Appreciating Rohit Sharma he said: “I know what he can do. He is a match winner and beautiful to watch.”

When asked to comment on Yuvraj Singh, who became the man of series in 2011 World Cup, Wright opined “I heard he (Yuvraj) is doing well in domestic cricket. If you drop a player like him, you just hope those who get the opportunity perform. He is a serious player. I am sure it (his selection) created a lot of discussion at the selection meeting.”

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