The very first barrier in the way of the title of the World Cup has been successfully crossed by the Team India, when they defeated Bangladesh in the crucial quarter finals on Thursday in MCG. Apparently, fully impressed with the excellent bowling skills displayed by the Indian team till date, former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday has opined that the bowlers had combined well as a unit to grab all the opposition wickets leading to the seven wins on the roll in the ongoing cricket World Cup.

India has outplayed Bangladesh in the quarterfinals here on Thursday and are moving on way to defend their title. However, the Indian bowling attack – led by Mohammed Shami who has become highest wicket-taker (17 scalps in six games) – has come a long way from their performance shown in the Test and tri series just before the start of the World Cup. The manner in which in our bowlers have performed and bowled out the opposition in all the games, it has certainly touched Gavaskar who is seemingly very impressed with the show by the bowlers. He said, “They are combining well as a bowling unit. The seam bowlers are keeping the pressure on, somebody is getting you early wickets and then there is no leakage of runs. Sometimes the first-change bowler comes and he leaks a lot of runs; that hasn’t happened. The spinners have kept it tight as well. So all told, the bowling unit has been very impressive”.

He added, “They have dismissed have every single team they have played against and — I think — what more can a captain ask for. He gets into a position where he really doesn’t have to worry too much about one bowler getting hammered — that can happen in a one-day situation.”

Gavaskar whole heartedly appreciated Dhoni’s handling of his regular and non-regular bowling options. He described, “What Dhoni is doing is that he is using Suresh Raina very cleverly. He is bringing him in on if [Ravindra] Jadeja or [Ravinchandran] Ashwin go for a few runs in their first couple of overs till they settle down and then Raina comes in and bowls 3-4 quick overs and sometimes more than that, picks up a wicket, keeps it tight and then Dhoni can go back to the spinners and get them to bowl well”.

This 109 runs victory over Bangladesh will certainly boost the morale of our bowlers, especially after having a word of encouragement from Sir Gavaskar. 

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